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Jul 22, 2014

Take a Peek at Sandlot - Studio Calico's August Kits

I wanted to pop in & share a few sneak peeks of the upcoming August kits from Studio Calico.

The Sandlot card kit is as sweet as it can be.  I mean, how cute is this bubblegum machine stamp set?!?
Here's another peek of the same stamp set, but with a softer color palette.  You're going to love the patterned paper in the kit too!
The Squints card kit add-on comes with a beautiful, layerable stamp set.  I made this floral bouquet using some of the images:
It's hard to believe that school is just around the corner!  The Teacher's Pet stamp & die set is so fun!  I can't wait to sneak this card into my son's backpack.  :)
These new kits will be available at Studio Calico on July 27th at noon EST for subscribers & at midnight for everyone else.  Hope to see you at reveal!

Jul 7, 2014

Summer Card Inspiration

 Things are finally starting to bloom here.  I love these coneflowers!  They're the one thing I can't seem to kill with my black thumb.
 I'm not much of a "fancy flower" kind of girl.  My husband knows to never buy me roses.  Echinacea is definitely more my style.
That's when I flipped when I saw this stamp set designed by 1Canoe2 for Studio Calico's July release.

It's filled with gorgeous "buildable" floral images & big, beautiful sentiments.

I don't know what these flowers are called (I'm so clueless when it comes to botany.)  I just know that I love them... and if my husband brought me a bouquet of them home, he would have my heart.  ;)  They are also included in the stamp set.  I'll share a fun tutorial on how to paint these flowers in an upcoming blog post at Studio Calico.
 I'm just going to admit it right now.  I think I've eaten my weight in watermelon this summer.  I can't seem to help myself.  So, when I saw the paper in the Penny Arcade card kit this month, I knew I had to use it to make a summery card.  It was just crying out to be made into a watermelon!
If you can cut a circle, you can make this card,  It's definitely easy to do & I think it turned out so sweet.  (Pun intended.)  

I used my Silhouette to cut out the circles, but you can easily make this design by tracing small saucers or anything round you have at home.  It's also a great project to make with kids!  Here's the basic run down:
  1. Cut one full circle out of white cardstock.  Score down the middle & fold in half.
  2. Cut a half circle (the same size as the first) using the green patterned paper found in the kit.
  3. Cut another smaller half circle from white cardstock.
  4. Cut a slightly smaller half circle from the red patterned paper from the kit.
  5. Apply adhesive-backed Velcro
I used a sentiment stamp from the Pinball card kit & added a snip of Velcro to hold the fruit closed.  I thought the little triangle banners from the Penny Arcade stamp set looked like pieces of watermelon, so I stamped them with Versamark ink to make a border.  (See.  I've eaten so much watermelon that everything I look at turns into the fruit!) 
 I hope you're enjoying your summer!  Thanks for stopping by.

Jul 4, 2014

USA Canvas Bag Tutorial

Happy Birthday America!  I'm excited to celebrate our country while enjoying a long weekend filled with food, family & fireworks.

Today, I have a quick project for you that's perfect for this holiday or any day!

Studio Calico recently released this awesome digital stamp called Funnel Cake.  It's only available during July, so be sure to take a look!
I opened the image in my Silhouette software & mirrored the image.  For this project, I knew 2 images could fit one one page, so I duplicated the image.  Then, using the trace feature, I created a cut line along the outside edge.  In order to utilize the print & cut feature in the software, I enabled the registration marks.

If you don't have a Silhouette, no worries!  Just mirror the image using your own photo editing software.
At this point, you're ready to print.  I printed onto Avery's T-shirt Transfer Paper for light fabrics.

If you're using the Silhouette, the machine will also cut out the image for you.  If not, you can easily trim it out by hand.

If you've ever purchased items from the Studio Calico shop, you'll recognize these drawstring canvas bags.  (Small items are packaged inside these bags.)  I have a big collection of them now & they're perfect for re-purposing!

Follow the instructions that come with the heat transfer paper & iron the USA image onto the canvas bag.
Once cooled, you can remove the transfer paper, revealing the map image.
Pretty fun, right?
Now I want to transfer everything in sight.  New digital stamps are released each month & it's such a fun & easy DIY craft.  I can see some birthday goodie bags in my future....  :)

Jul 2, 2014

Project Life® Bits & Baubles Box + Free Download!

I subscribe to Studio Calico's Project Life® kits, so each month a beautifully curated box of craft supplies arrives at my doorstep.  Of course, the box contents are crazy amazing, but the box makes my heart go pitter patter all by itself!

It's extremely well made, sturdy, and has a strong magnetic closure.  It's just too perfect to throw away!  I've re-purposed them in a variety of ways.  I've turned them into travel kits, greeting card gift sets, first aid kits, recipe boxes, paper doll sets & more.

But today, I wanted to show you how perfect they are for organizing all those little bits & baubles that you collect.  I'll share a free cut file that you can download to create dividers for the inside of the box.   I've used this box to organize some of my smaller kit supplies, but I think it would make a great jewelery box too.

This is what a Project Life® box looks like.
I've covered it with patterned paper in the past, but I decided to spray paint it this time & I loved the results!  (I prefer Valspar's flat paint/primer in one.)
 Now you've got a blank slate to work with & you can decorate the box or leave it as is.

I covered my box with some of my favorite paper of all time.  (Studio Calico's Color Theory pack.)  It comes with the little faux paper strips already printed on the paper, making a perfect spot to add my text.
 I used another sheet of Color Theory paper along with my Silhouette to create the dividers for the inside of the box.  (You can download the files here.)

The file will automatically cut your score lines, so you'll just need to make mountain & valley folds to create each section.  Please let me know if you have any trouble figuring out how it goes together.
 ... and there you have it!

I hope you enjoy creating your own bits & baubles box!  Enjoy!

Jul 1, 2014

DIY Project Life® Sorage Tin

I love re-purposing things.  I started (probably out of necessity) as a little girl & it still gives me warm fuzzies to this day. 
 Have you seen these organizers from Land of Nod?  I've always thought they were really cute & they were the inspiration for this DIY project.

I'm a newly converted tea drinker & went through this tea tin quickly this winter.  I loved the shape of it though & decided to hold onto it just in case I could use it for something later.  I'm glad I did, because it ended up transforming into a perfect storage tin for my craft space!
 To begin with, I used a flat spray paint/primer-in-one to cover the tin & paint it white.  Valspar is my favorite brand, but Krylon works really well too.

I loved the scale of these alphabet stickers from a previous Studio Calico kit & applied them directly to the tin.
 Once my letters were in place, I applied a couple additional coats of paints & voila!
The tin is the perfect size for holding 3x4" Project Life® cards... but of course, could be used to hold any of your things.  (Hence the name.)

I have a new obsession with spray paint.  It's seriously the Duct Tape for crafters!

Jun 27, 2014

Penny Arcade Reveal!

It's reveal day at Studio Calico! I think you're going to love the kits this month.  They're full of gorgeous summer colors & the details are perfection.  Here's a tiny peek, but you can see the full images here.  (noon EST for subscribers & midnight for non-subscribers)
It's also bundling time, so subscribers can order items from the shop & save on shipping.

One of my favorite shop items is this 2-step letterpress plate set.  I made these cards last night when I had just a couple minutes to spare & now I'm wanting to make sets of them.  I think they'd make great gifts!  You can find all of the letterpress supplies here.
Some of my other favorite shop items are the House & House Guests stamp sets as well as the Kit Alpha set.
This die designed by Lindsay Letters is a definite fave!

I'm also stocking up on Handbooks & page protectors.  They fit Studio Calico stamp sets perfectly & I was in desperate need of some new stamp storage!  (I especially love the 6x8 style that holds two 4x6 stamp sets & the WRMK 4x4 page protectors that hold the smallest stamps and fit perfectly inside of the Handbook.) 
  (photo by Maggie Massey for Studio Calico)

I'll be back soon to share my Penny Arcade projects!

Jun 25, 2014

Studio Calico Penny Arcade Sneaks

Is it just me, or is this summer flying by?  The next Studio Calico kit reveal is right around the corner & I think you're going to love what's in store!

This month's kits are called Penny Arcade.  I'll share some peeks of the main card kit in a bit, but first off, I've got to show you the Pinball card kit add-on!

This kit has a gorgeous floral stamp set designed by 1Canoe2.  The images are buildable & come with solid stamps as well as outline stamps, so there are lots of options when it comes to adding color.  For my sneaks, I decided to use acrylic & watercolor paints.
The main card kit comes with the most adorable images.  If you're a "fun & cute" fan like I am, you'll really love the included stamps.  I used one of the hedgehog stamps on this sneak.  Cuteness overload!
This is another card I made using the Penny Arcade main card kit.  I wanted to create a dream catcher as a focal point & these little wooden star "sequins" were the perfect embellishment.

Are you ready for another big dose of cuteness?  Take a look at this pair (or should I say "pear") from the Churros add-on.  This kit comes with stamps & coordinating dies.  I used Letterpress inks along with the stamps to create the bold color.  These guys were already pretty adorable all on their own, but I decided to add some googly eyes to take the cuteness up another notch.
There are a lot of really amazing dies being released this month.  Here's a peek at one of them.  I die cut the words using a double sided adhesive sheet & topped them with a few shades of glitter.  To create a shadow effect, I cut a second image out of black cardstock & layered it behind vellum.
You might have noticed bits & pieces of the newest Studio Calico collection Brighton Pier in some of the sneaks.  This new collection is going to be a favorite & you can be among the first to have it in your hot little hands by preordering the bundle. (The bundle ships free domestically & is expected to arrive later in July.) Click here to find out more.
  Studio Calico offers three types of monthly kits  - Scrapbook, Card & Project Life® - as well as add-on kits and shop items to complement them. A new kit is revealed on the 27th of each month (at noon EST if you're a subscriber, at midnight EST if you aren't). For more information (or to start your own subscription!), click here.

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