Sunday, September 14, 2014

How to | Cute Halloween Treat Bags

Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue

When I said during Studio Calico reveal that I can't wait to see what everyone "fills" the jar stamp with, a fun idea formed. Why not actually fill it with something? I came up with a simple idea using paper bags which you can use for halloween treats or really any small treat you'll need to think of this fall/winter.

Here's what you need:

Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue
SUPPLIES: Stamps: Studio Calico Jar Stamp | Ink: Versafine Onyx Black | Patterned Paper: Studio Calico Poet Society Card Kit | Other: glitter tape, washi tape, typewriter or fine tip pen,  printable labelsMister Huey's Spray Mist, paper bags,  die-cuts, Studio Calico wooden mini clothespins, glue tape, acrylic block, small scissors, gummy candy to fill your treat bag, food grade cellophane foil.

Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue
Step 1 (important!): Help yourself to some gummy candy to get the creative juices flowing :)

Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue
Step 2: Take one of the paper bags and stamp the jar outline on the front. Tip: It helps to pick up the stamp from a flat surface rather than lining it up on the acrylic block.

Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue
Step 3: Stamp the jar lid inside of the jar outline.

Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue
Step 4: Poke a hole in the paper bag and cut around the inside line of the stamp.

Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue
Step 5: Cut a piece of the food grade cellophane to fit inside the paper bag.
Step 6: Use a glue tape on the edges of the cellophane, then place it inside of the paper bag.

Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue
Step 7: Through the jar opening in the paper bag, remove the backing from the glue tape strips and press down to bond the cellophane and paper.

Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue
Step 8: Sprinkle on some Mister Huey if you want. When the mist is dry, fill your treat bag.

Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue
Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue
Step 9: Decorate the outside of the bag with washi tape, die cuts and labels. 

… and you're finished! What do you think? They are easy to make and mass produce. If you don't have paper bags on hand, you could play around with envelopes as well or die-cut some with a Silhouette Cameo for example.

Homemade Halloween Treat Bags by @pixnglue

If you go ahead and try this tutorial on your own, feel free to leave a comment or link me up. I would love to see what you make from it! Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Workspace Wednesday {on a Sunday}

Workspace Wednesday @pixnglue #craftroominspiration

Hi everyone, how's it going in your neck of the woods? I spent a good chunk of the past week or so organizing, cleaning, decluttering … you get the idea. Today I want to show you a quick picture of my Ikea BestÃ¥ unit which holds most of my crafting supplies. It was all open shelving until last week - a picture of it along with more of my craft organization can be seen on a post from the last year on the Studio Calico blog.

I learned, however, that my brain functions better when I'm not exposed to too much stuff at the same time. Ikea trip to the rescue! I got me door for one half of the shelf, put the books, tools and finished projects behind and only all of the boxed up stuff (embellishments, ribbon, adhesive, stamps, etc.) can be seen now. Such a simple edit, yet, much better.

What are your recent additions or edits to your craft organization? I feel like I'm not finished yet and would love to hear some tips from you guys!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Studio Calico Poet Society Reveal

Hey everyone, it's time for another Studio Calico reveal! After some trouble with the servers on the SC website, everything is hopefully up and running for you to shop those gorgeous September kits… and it means I can finally share my gallery cards with y'all :)

The first card I made concentrated on the bigger sentiment stamps in the card main. I think those are great if you struggle with focal points since they hardly need anything else to stand out. For the background, I used an old embossing folder and partially inked it up with Color Theory inks before pressing it into watercolor paper. The beauty of those inks is that they react with water (they become more vibrant that way) and can even be used to color. The part that wasn't ink, I filled with sprinkles and paint from purple Neocolors II. After everything was dry, I stamped on the kit sentiments and used a glitter pen on top of the ink for the "hooray". The clear star rhinestones finished the card off and help to keep the attention on the sentiment.

Studio Calico Poet Society kit card by @pixnglue
Hooray/Congratulations card

The rocket stamp set was a secret favorite of mine for this month. It will come handy for many boy birthday cards! I chose the constellation paper for the background and, to make the rocket stamp stand out more since I didn't have silver embossing powder on hand, I stamped on a die cut tag and colored the image with Neocolor II crayons yet again - hands down one of the best craft-related investments I made this year!

Studio Calico Poet Society kit card by @pixnglue
Hope Your Birthday is a Blast/Rocket card

For the next card, I was able to dig deep in my ink pad stash and use many of them on a single one-layer card. There's a long rectangle stamp in the card kit that was designed to provide a background for some of the sentiment stamps. When you flip it 90 degrees, it can be used for birthday candles, too. Just stamp them in a row with a little overlap for an interesting look and add some flames with watercolors or a bit of yellow ink. A bit of glitter on the flames and thin black line and you're ready to go! The birthday sentiment is from the new jar stamp set, in case you wonder.

Studio Calico Poet Society kit card by @pixnglue
Birthday Candle card

Now, this next card… you know, gold is something that I can only handle in moderation but the gem stamps in the card kit called for it to be done :) I stamped my sentiment first in black ink, then masked it off with a post it note. After that, I arranged three of the gem stamps on a block and repeatedly stamped them to fill up the notecard. You can of course use gold ink for this but went for gold letterpress ink instead. It doesn't sink into the paper so much and has a true, shiny gold finish. Acrylic paint could also work well for this.

Studio Calico Poet Society kit card by @pixnglue
Gold Gems Notecard

You see, the stamps are too much fun this month. I had barely touched the paper until this point, although there is lots of variety this time! There's not a single repeat pattern in the pad and everything coordinates so well. I punched a few circles from he red and yellow papers and stacked them to create a flower. Also, I found the garland stamps can be stretch enough to form a straight line of diamonds and make an awesome background. These three lines are enough to anchor the flower as to not have it "float" on my card.

Studio Calico Poet Society kit card by @pixnglue
You are a Gem card

… and then, there was the jar stamp add-on. This one holds a lot of opportunities to be filled for many occasions. I opted o color them with - you guessed it - Neocolors II watercolors for added dimension. After the paint was dry, random dots of Glossy Accents were placed on the stamped jar to adhere confetti. The jar label went on top with foam dimensionals underneath. Originally, I stamped the lid but found the gingham-y pattern paper could work well for this, too. Glad I got the scissors out for this!

Studio Calico Poet Society kit card by @pixnglue
Birthday Confetti Jar card

Soooo, what do think ladies? There were more stamp add-ons than the two I showed you by the way. You can check them out on the kit tab on the Studio Calico website strike midnight EST. Also, if you want to see the detail images of my kit samples along with the supplies, they are all listed in my gallery - you can go directly to your favorite card by clicking the link under the card images on this post.

Another something, I am excited about are these beauties…

Studio Calico Color Theory Inks

Yes!! SC reveals six new Color Theory inks and they're right up my alley :) So perfect for upcoming fall projects and even modern style Christmas cards. The bundle will hope right  into my cart along with these circle craft dies and maybe a SB/PL add-on as well. If only I could decide between Yeats and Whitman… September is my birthday month, so I may as well splurge, eh? How about you guys? Share your favorites!

Happy reveal! :)