Saturday, January 24, 2015

Studio Calico Cirque Kit Sneaks

Happy Saturday! I hope your weekend is of to a great start :) Maybe I can even brighten your day a little with my sneaks for Studio Calico's Cirque card kit?

Studio Calico Cirque Card Kit Sneaks by @pixnglue

I surely wish the days had more hours this month to create some more cards because these kits are so good! This next picture is an actual kit (vs. project) sneak so you get an idea what will come your way should be a subscriber or want to order the card kit. Lots of pinks and stamp sets with cute but graphic images and versatile sentiments.

Studio Calico Cirque Card Kit Sneaks #studiocalico

Oh, and Studio Calico is running a fab promo if you want to start a new subscription. You can start to sub with January's Far Far Away kits for just $5* - and as a bonus, new subbers have the chance to be randomly selected to receive a free 12-month subscription. Yay!

Studio Calico Subscription Discount
* The codes expire 1/26/15 at 11:59 pm EST. Valid only on new subscriptions with Far Far Away kit and requires a 6-month commitment. Add the Far Far Away kit to your cart and the corresponding promo code. Early subscription cancellations are subject to termination fee. Not valid on previous purchases. Must enter promo code at checkout. Refunds will not be issued for misused or non-entered codes. One winner of a 12-month subscription will be randomly selected from new subscribers who subscribe between 1/1/15 and 1/26/15. The winner will be notified by Studio Calico via email on or before 1/30/15.
Subscribe to the Scrapbook Kit Subscribe to the Card Kit Subscribe to the Project Life Kit

I also have a sneak for my On the Grid Class contributions but I will leave that for another day. Can't wait to see? Head over to my Instagram account! One of the card sneaks is up on there so far.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Happy Scrappy Friends | Christmas Supplies

Hello hello, how about starting this Monday right with a bit of inspiration x 9? Well, so be it! This month's Happy Scrappy Friends blog hop is about using your leftover Christmas stash in a non-Christmassy way.

I don't own a lot of Christmas stuff except for a few stamp sets and patterned paper. One of my all time favorite Christmas product lines is the Sligh Ride collection by Crate Paper, which is where the patterned paper for my card came from.

Hello card with flower by @pixnglue #happyscrappyfriends #cardmaking
Hello card with flower by @pixnglue #happyscrappyfriends #cardmaking

It's a beautiful paper, back and front, so I used both here and added a kraft color flower and a bit of washi tape from my last Studio Calico kit to give it more of a non-Christmas/non-winter look. Very simple!

For more inspiration on using up your Christmas scraps etc., you want to hop to these fabulous ladies' blogs:
Also, if you want to participate in our challenge, please visit the Happy Scrappy Friends blog and enter your own project. You have the chance to win a $25 gift card to the SC shop this time. Talk about motivation to work on the post-Christmas stash ;)

Anyway, your regular next stop is Elvan. Happy blog hopping!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

On the Grid {Studio Calico Classroom}

Hello there and happy new year! I hope you all had an amazing start :) I must confess, I completely slowed down during the holidays and my "mojo" is still very mucho in hibernation mode.

Before I go and dust off my little craft space (read: I closed the doors to the chaos on the 25th and never opened said door until a few minutes ago), I want to tell you about a new class that's coming to the Studio Calico Classroom in Feburary: On the Grid! The fabulous Marcy Penner is the head teacher for this class and I call myself lucky to be one of the contributors. Yay!

Studio Calico On the Grid class (February 2015)

Here's what the class description says:

Save your projects from falling flat - learn how to give each one a solid foundation with On the Grid. Marcy Penner shares her secrets for using a grid based design to create perfectly pulled together projects in a flash.
You'll get Marcy's expertise in multiple areas to create the perfect base for your projects by exploring using basic grids, playing with design through the use of tags and other materials, and getting out of the square format by experimenting with other shapes or stamps.

On the Grid offers the blueprint to success - no heavy equipment needed.

By enrolling in this class you'll receive:
  • 24 all new projects (each sharing a different take on the grid) from Marcy and her contributors.
  • 4 videos and 4 in depth tutorials sharing Marcy's grid design secrets.
  • Step out photos that show how the contributor's projects came together.
  • Printable accents, labels and digital die cut files from Hello Forever.
  • Access to a class message board and gallery, where you can share and learn with your teacher and fellow students.
  • Weekly challenges to inspire you to use what you've learned.

Studio Calico On the Grid class (February 2015)

While supplies last, On the Grid students will receive a bonus class kit containing enamel dots, die cuts, stickers and a veneer grid. This kit will ship for free, no matter where you are. NOTE: This bonus class kit will begin shipping in mid January. Anything that you order along with the class will be held and shipped with the kit - if you'd like the rest of your supplies earlier, please check out with them separately.

April Foster, Dana Fleckenstein, Emma Wood, Geralyn Sy, Jamaica Edgell, Karen Baker, Kelly Noel, Lea Lawson, Lisa Spangler, Lisa Truesdell, Melanie Louette, Magdalena Hanell, Pam Baldwin

What you'll need:
This class is a great resource for digging into your stash of kits and exploring the design tricks behind using a grid based design as the foundation of your project. Here are a few things you'll want to have to get started:

  • Patterned paper - Grid based designs are a great way to use up your scraps!
  • Embellishments - We'll be adding some embellishment clusters to our grid designs, so look for a mix of larger stickers and die cuts and small accents like enamel dots and sequins.
  • Stamps - Any of your favorite designs will work, but designs with simple shapes will be the most versatile.
  • Die Cuts and Punches - Many grid based designs call for repetition of shapes. Die cuts and punches are a quick and easy way to build a grid!
  • Tags & frames - These are both great items to start off your grid designs.

This might just be what I (we?) need to get the creative juices going and work on the stash (after all CHA is just around the corner). Hop over to the Studio Calico website to sign up for On the Grid - see you in the classroom!