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! :)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SC Poet Society Sneaks

As promised, I'm back with my sneaks for Studio Calico's September kit Poet Society though I'm still in disbelieve that's it's already the 26th. Anyway, … let's take a look at the card sneaks!

SC Poet Society Sneaks

SC is about to shake things up a little for this month. There will be no card kit add on with paper and embellishments but instead five (awesome!) stamp add-ons. I was sent two of them - a cute jar set as well as an adorable rocket stamp set - in addition to the regular card kit :)

By the way, if you want to make sure to get first dips on the kits, you can with a risk free subscriber promo that runs until midnight EST today. Being a subscriber means you get to shop 12 hours early and that is just one of many perks… If you're interested you will want to add your Studio Calico Sandlot kit of choice to your cart and check out with the promo code NORISKS (valid until 8/26 11:59pm EST) - it waives potential cancellations fees.

Can't wait to share everything in full with you guys - ooooh, and watch out for some reveal surprises, too =)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Mail it Monday | Happy 70th

Hello everyone, I'm back with a new feature on here that I will call "Mail it Monday". It's all about getting at least some of the cards we make out of the door - in style with a matching envelope!

The card I made for this first installment was commissioned for a dear friend whose dad turned 70 some days ago and she let me have free rein over the design. Supply-wise I went back to an old favorite: Crate Papers Pretty Party collection. It's been deemed a pretty girly collection but mind you, it can be used for man cards, too. Here's how…

Happy 70th Birthday card by @pixnglue

First up, thumb through your 6x6 pad or other paper stash and pick some coordinating papers. Since this is for a "masculine" card, blues and greens and coordinating yellows are a good bet. When you have a nice variety on hand, pick both small and bigger patterns. It helps to distinguish the individual layers and gives a more textured look.
For the focal point, I need another layer on top and decided to go for a circle to break up the rectangular layers underneath. The numbers and circle were cut with the Silhouette from American Crafts glitter paper and backed with a vellum scrap.
I knew the recipient doesn't speak English so I had to customize the sentiment with a typewriter and then die cut it. For die-cutting, I had used a Studio Calico die from the Penny Arcade card kit. Those are particularly cool because the die extends only a few millimeters beyond the ridge and therefor has an open back enabling you to see through it and exactly position the die where it needs to be.

Happy 70th Birthday card by @pixnglue

Now for the envelope, I knew it didn't actual have to go through the mail but would be hand delivered. The decor was sparked by the leftover numbers and scraps from card. I punched circles and cut two banner shapes, then layered all over them and sewed the numbers on the top.

Happy 70th Birthday card by @pixnglue

Finally, I sprinkled everything with Mister Huey gold mist and lined the inside of the envelope with another piece of coordinating paper. It's a great and simple way to use up your patterned paper stash. Here's the finished project:

Happy 70th Birthday card by @pixnglue

Thanks for popping in today! I'll be back soon to share some Studio Calico Poet Society kit sneaks :)