Sunday, December 14, 2014

Studio Calico Creative Team 2015 and Sneak Reveal

If you closely follow everything Studio Calico, this is kind of old news for you but I want to make it official here on the blog, too: I'm honored that I was invited to stay on the Creative Team for another year. How crazy to think I'm entering into my third term with this amazing company! This coming year, the team is smaller than in the two years before and I'm just as sad to see some members leave - especially those I have met in person before - as I am excited to see some new and returning faces.

Studio Calico Creative Team 2015
You can read more about the who is who and the opportunity to become a contributor for the monthly kit gallery yourself on the Studio Calico blog.

Speaking of Studio Calico and their kits, tonight was sneak night for their upcoming January Kit "Far Far Away". My kit should be delivered any day this week and I'm looking forward to play with that pineapple stamp in particular.

Oh, and the stamp add-ons… hello cute balloons! You got to check them out in the sneak slideshow until I can show you my own samples on Instagram and on here.

Lastly, there is a pretty cool promo coming to SC this week. If you start a new subscription for either the card, scrapbook or PL kit, you will receive an add-on (no matter which, as long as it is still available in the shop) for free. You just need to check out using the promo code "DEC14SUB".

Since this promo is not yet official to the masses (the code already works though) you can use this to your advantage and pick from a greater range of add-ons. Just saying! I think my choice would be the Waldorf embellishment add-on for that Lizzy Mackay stamp set alone  

Friday, December 12, 2014

Happy Scrappy Friends | Christmas/Advent

Welcome to our monthly Happy Scrappy Friends blog hop and challenge! This month we took inspiration from the season and celebrate everything Christmas, advent, winter and glitter.

My card has more of an untraditional color scheme. I opted for light and bright with a bit of sparkle from a strip of glitter tape and a rhinestone on the snowflake die-cut.

Happy Scrappy Friends | Winter card by @pixnglue

Happy Scrappy Friends | Winter card by @pixnglue

Hope you like my challenge sample. For more inspiration, please visit this month's blog hoppers:

Dana (moi!)

… and of course you can always refer back to the HSF blog, which is also where you can enter your own project into the challenge for a chance to win. Happy blog hopping!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Letterpress X-mas

You would think a cardmaker has a Christmas card to show by now, right? Well, well… there's a prototype of a letterpress card. The colors are unusually cool; certainly not your regular red and green.

Homemade Letterpress Christmas Card by @pixnglue
Homemade Letterpress Christmas Card by @pixnglue

I used part of a letterpress alpha and selectively inked the X only, then completed to x-mas with a gray uppercase sticker alpha from an older Studio Calico kit. And yes, my favorite metallic is back again: silver glitter tape, silver sequins, silver thread :) Unfortunately I also wanted to use sprinkles of the Calico Shine mist. Don't use this on cotton paper, friends! It soaks immediately and looks splotchy.

Anyway, it's a nice and simple design with options to get a little variety from card to card by using different ink colors, card bases or embellishments. Which is a winner in my book.

How about you? Have you finished and mailed your cards already?

Letterpress: Letterpress BundleCraft Die & Letterpress Plate Set: Alpha, Letterpress Ink (hot pink), 12x12 Thick Letterpress Paper 
Cardstock: Hero Arts
Other: American Crafts Glitter Tape (silver), Studio Calico Atlantic Collection Sequins, sewing machine/thread, Studio Calico Mister Huey Calico Shine