Monday, October 13, 2014

#SCinspires {Blog Hop and Giveaway}

Thank you for hopping by from Natalie's blog! As we are heading into fall, Studio Calico offers you a free printable fall poster by one of their talented in-house graphic designers, Jasmine Jones, as part of a contest. It comes in two versions for you to download, full color and another with a white background.
Free fall printable #SCinspires
So pretty, isn't it? I think, I'll have it printed on grid paper or light colored patterned paper… or maybe even vellum? Anyway, to participate in the contest:
  • Go, download the printable to enter the contest!
  • Share a photo on your social networks and tag it with #SCinspires. In your photo caption, explain why the photo is inspiring to you. It can be a picture of you and your free printable or anything else from Studio Calico that inspires you! 

You are in to win some amazing prizes - and: As the shares with #SCinspires grow, prizes will grow, too! :) Curious to learn more? Contest details including prize sneaks can be found here and SC will also update you on their blog every Friday on the progress/number of shares so far. The contest ends 10/31/14 at 11:59PM Eastern.

Probably, you wonder what inspires me about Studio Calico? I will tell you a little "behind the scenes" story from the past few days. On October 4th, we celebrated World Card-Making Day (WCMD) and Kelsi from the SC offices asked, if some of the Creative Team members were up to contribute a challenge for the lovely message board members. I happily joined to put together a color challenge for the occasion.
Originally, I planned to just pick some colors from the Color Theory swatch book based on a recent card I made from the The Underground card kit but, well… I was inspired to create a whole mood board with supplies from the kit that subbers were to receive soon and other stash/shop items.

Card to Moodboard by @pixnglue #SCinspires

These are some of my absolute favorite colors, especially for "manly" cards that we often struggle with and I'm sure I will reverse the process again in a few weeks to make a card from the mood board. 
But back again to WCMD! I wanted to offer some choice to members playing with my challenge and created a second mood board, this time with a warmer berry palette with lavender tones, pink, orange/copper and red colors, mostly with items from current and previous SC kits. It's a trendy fall season palette but surely one that I at least wouldn't usually pick for a project. Nevertheless, both mood board version sparked many beautiful cards with our members (look for them in this thread) and this weekend I created a card with the berry palette colors in mind, too...

Moodboard to Card by @pixnglue #SCinspires

What can you take away from this? Studio Calico inspires me to create, their products often inspire big chunks of my creation process. The kits prevent me from spending an endless amount of time searching for the right items since it all goes so well together as is, without being overly matchy-matchy.
Then, their new Color Theory system is a great way to mix in coordinating basics and embellishments and as you see above, something simple like the swatch book can inspire your projects... and challenge you. What is particularly fun is that the kits sometimes make me use items which I wouldn't necessarily pick on my own, but it's often these things that have me thinking creatively outside of the box, let me explore different styles and spark an idea so that I will end up loving to work with the product anyway.

Giveaway time!

Studio Calico The Underground Card Kit

Now, fall is the season of gratitude, isn't it? As a way to say thanks for your continued support, SC offered to send a brand new October card kit to one of my blog readers. (If you aren't a regular reader yet but want to become one, you can subscribe here.)

To enter for a chance to win a The Underground card kit, please leave a comment on this very post - with your SC user name if you have one already - until October 31, 2014, at 11:59pm EST. I will also grant you extra chances if you follow me on Instagram and/or Pinterest. Just leave another comment telling me where you follow (of course you can enter extra comments, too, if you do already). I will draw a random winner on 11/1st!

To continue with the blog hop, you can always refer to the full participant list on the Studio Calico blog - your next stop is a lovely and talented scrapbooker from Singapore, Lilin Fang. Good luck for the contest and giveaway, all! I'm looking forward to hear in which ways #SCinspires YOU :)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Happy Scrappy Friends | Street Art

Street art is the topic for this month's Happy Scrappy Friends blog hop. Honestly, one that I struggled with… but let's start with some inspiration that Marjan put together for our viewing pleasure!

Street Art inspiration | It's next to impossible to give credit for this but Marjan has sources linked on her Pinterest.

Gorgeous isn't it? The diagonal row from the bottom left to the upper right is my favorite. Yet, as I told you already up above, I did struggle with this topic. I'm not a drawer or painter. If I were to draw something from the top of my head with my own hands… oh my goodness! A five year old could easily beat me. Now, are you giggling, shaking your head with pity? Or can you relate?

What is street art - on a basis that I can work with? For one, it's colorful, full of depth and, not least, texture from concrete buildings or whatever the surface underneath. Quite often you see words in elaborate lettering. Paint drips and sprinkles. Well, and that's what I ran with! A bold hand-lettered sentiment, a textured surface and several layers of tiny sprinkles and stamped dots.

Fall Butterfly | Hello Card by @pixnglue #happyscrappyfriends
Fall Butterfly | Hello Card by @pixnglue #happyscrappyfriends
Supplies: Studio Calico The Underground Card Kit, SC Marks & Co PL Kit, Crate Paper Notes & Things 6x6 pad | Ink: SC Color Theory Flamingo | Other: We R Embossing Folder Chevron, vellum, Tiny Attacher, SC Darling Dear rhinestones, Kesi'Art butterfly dies, Garn & Mehr baker's twine copper, Martha Stewart 1" scallop circle punch

If you're just as curious as I am to find out how the other blog hop participants handled the street art challenge, you can find their blogs linked here in order:
The last link as always is the the HSF main blog - go there to play along, too! Happy Sunday :)

> > > PS: Check back tomorrow for a chance to win big!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Studio Calico November Classes

I've been away for a short few days to have some fun away before it's back to school. Since there's a nationwide strike by train drivers, we left earlier than planned. Happy coincidence: I (and you, too) can still take advantage of SC's classroom offers for October. The two classes I am writing about is "Send Joy", a Christmas card class with Lisa Spangler, and Paint.Plan.Play, an art journaling class with designer Ashley Goldberg.

Send Joy Christmas Card Workshop at Studio Calico

First, let's talk about Lisa's class because this one is a no-brainer! If you are a card maker, expectancy from friends and family and not least yourself to send cards for Christmas is kind of high, isn't it? Still, I know, I never manage to send them to everyone I have on my list in time - or worse, like last year I made only a few for design team assignments and gave exactly one (1!) away. Talk about epic fail! Sounds familiar? I read the class description for "Send Joy" I knew this one's for me:

"The Yuletide season is upon us and that means it’s time to send hand-crafted greeting cards and tags for those you hold nearest and dearest. In Send Joy Lisa Spangler will show you how to create 15 cards and 5 tags in bulk so that you can send them to 100 of your closest friends. Provide your entire Christmas list with handmade cards made with care."

Promising, isn't it? While supplies last, Send Joy students will receive an exclusive 4x3in stamp set designed by Marcy Penner of Hello Forever and there are two shopping offers for class students until October 8th:
Important: The class and stamps and/or inks must be in your cart for the codes to become effective.
In addition to a bunch of new Christmas stamps designed by JJ Bolton, Kelly Purkey and more, there are also new as well as returning letterpress designs and supplies. More details about the class and the fine print for class offers are on the Send Joy classroom page

Now, the other workshop is a totally different beast and one that I at least want to take just for the fun of it. Class teacher Ashley Goldberg is an artist and pattern designer in Portland, OR. She has an amazing style that she will sure bring to her Paint.Plan.Play. workshop. 

Paint Plan Play Art Journaling Workshop with Ashley Goldberg

Again, the class description just speaks to me:

"We've all experienced it – the frustration of sitting in front of a blank page for hours and still coming up empty. Well, we've got the remedy: cutting-edge artist Ashley Goldberg. Ashley’s come wielding her brush and paints to invite you into Paint.Plan.Play, an “art” class designed for scrapbookers. Grab the paints and brushes you've been collecting and let Ashley help you tap into the creativity you've got hiding inside yourself.
During the first half of Paint.Plan.Play, you’ll explore core painting techniques Ashley uses every day, then you will transition into putting those new skills to use in several projects. With Ashley’s expert guidance, you will learn how to take control of color, pattern, and text by using paint, collage, and various other mediums to add allure to all your paper crafting projects – from personally designed journal layouts to Project Life spreads."

We've had some of Ashley's patterns in the card kit lately and getting some inspiration to create such patterns myself and just exploring a modern, artsy take on paint/media sounds great to me. Check out the class homepage for details along with a cute class sneak video! Basic supplies and other things to make your class room experience extra fun can be found here in the shop. I have my eyes set on this alphabet set… yummy! 
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