Wednesday, April 09, 2014

South of Market {Studio Calico Spring 2014 Release}

Studio Calico South of Market

There's a new Studio Calico collection coming in May and today is day you can preview it all on the Studio Calico blog and hit the notify buttons in the shop so SC can gauge your interest and let's you know immediately when certain items become available. The collection is called South of Market and it has amazing spring colors and cute patterns - perfect for this country girl :) Let's take a look at some of the new products, shall we?

South of Market 6x6 paper pad

South of Market 12 x 12 Herringbone Vellum

South of Market 12x12 Transparency Sheet

South of Market mini alpha aqua

What do you think, guys? Awesome, right?! But we all know that waiting is the hardest part... which is why you can download some FREE digital files to get started right now.

Studio Calico South of Market Digital Freebie
South of Market free printable

There are journaling cards, cut files and printables, too, in the Studio Calico shop.
Have a great day!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm {Revealed}

Studio Calico reveal day is here which means I'm able to show you a first batch of my Bluegrass Farm kit cards. Yay! Let's start right with a main card kit only sample. 

In anticipation of the new mixed media class that will be coming to the Studio Calico classroom next month, I wanted to use a simple mixed media technique for one of my kit cards without getting too dark and shabby. I used an older spray mist mask on the background by randomly painting some of the trendy triangle pattern on it with a thin layer of Gesso (for even more dimension, treat yourself to some modeling paste), then sprinkled some Mister Huey in Calico Shine and Cream over it. In some areas I used a coral colored soft pastels on the Gesso triangles to add some more interest.

Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm kit birthday card by @pixnglue

For the sentiment mat, I wanted to go with an ombre look. After I picked the word stamps from the kit stamp set, I stamped the "hooray" in three different shades of ink (Well Red, Coral Bay and Blush Crush from the Studio Calico Color Theory ink palette). The "it's your birthday" was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black once then stamped of three times to create the faded look. I noticed the strawberry stamp was about the right size to cover the larger "o" in "hooray" and added that over the top with a foam dot.
As for the background, I punched four square pieces from the patterned paper pad in the kit and layered a thin strip of red paper on top. The great thing about this is that it coordinates with the darkest ink color of my sentiment and therefor draws the eye right to it. Now, that satin ribbon in the main card kit is something else! So smooth and easy to tie into a bow. With my Crop-a-dile, I punched some holes in the sentiment panel and card base to run in the ribbon and hold the mat in place. To finish everything off, I used the remaining Gesso on my paint brush and painted the edges of my punched pieces and die-cuts to create cohesiveness.

Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm kit birthday card by @pixnglue

The next card I want to show is made with just the card add-on Clarabelle. I cut two of the patterned papers included in the add-on at an angle and adhered it to my card base. The add-on also includes a package of banner shapes so naturally I had to make it into a garland, right? Although the banner shapes are already rich in texture, I added a stamped heart with my trusty Tiny Attacher to one of them as well as a stamped arrow using rose gold acrylic paint. 

Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm kit card by @pixnglue

The sentiment stamps in the card add-on are gorgeous, especially if you like bigger, clean script fonts. I stamped on them on a relatively neutral patterned paper (made by Tim & Beck for SC, you can get a whole paper pad of these polka dotted papers here) to make the sentiment stand out. Again, a little detail, in this case the red cloth pin, draws the eye right to the focal point.

Studio Calico Bluegrass Farms kit card by @pixnglue

That's it from me today! I'll be back soon with my other kit cards and hopefully I'll also get to share some samples with the new dies that are available with April kits. My favorite? The triangle background definitively! Thanks for stopping by, everyone :)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm Sneaks

It's sneak time for Studio Calico's April kits Bluegrass Farm. The main kits have a beautiful vintage feel, I'm tempted to say classic SC style even. Think woodgrain patterns and gorgeous color combos!

This first sneak is of a main kit only card. You know I'm not usually a fan of ribbons but this pink one you see peeking from the upper right edge has such a luscious silk texture, you gotta love it. Then the pink and red pp? I want to bind some books with these. So pretty! 

The next card was made with card add-on Clarabelle. I was excited to see some patterned papers from a new company, Studio Tekturek, in there. Also the bigger script sentiments had me at hello :)

This sneak is a mix of the card main and card add-on. The lavender clothespin from the Essentials collection even had me mix a purple mist from watercolors to sprinkle them on the background.

Now this last one is clearly a favorite of mine - must be the pretty yellows against the turquoise. Patterned paper, stamps and the alpha stickers are all from Bluegrass Farm main card kit.

Thanks for popping by! I'm wishing you a great start to your week and hope to see you back on reveal day :)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Bring out your inner artist this spring!

Last year, Studio Calico put out the awesome Toolbox Class which was about four different and fun techniques. A favorite of yours was mixed media and participants wanted to learn more about this. Well, ask and you shall receive...

Studio Calico Class Master Mixed Media Techniques

Today marks the launch of a new class which will teach you about Mixed Media. Usually the classes are four weeks but this one gives you even five weeks to explore different mixed media techniques with master teachers Céline Navarro and Anna-Maria Wolniak. I'm happy to announce that I will be contributing to the class room, too :)

Celine and Anna have prepared a little sneak for you guys so you get a glimpse of what will be taught:

Class Sneak from Anna-Maria Wolniak
Class Sneak from Anna-Maria Wolniak

Class Sneak from Céline Navarro
Class Sneak from Céline Navarro



  • 5 mixed media technique videos from Céline
  • 5 step by step mixed media technique tutorials from Anna-Maria
  • 10 additional step by step tutorials from the contributors
  • 5 weeks of PDF lessons containing 20 all new projects featuring techniques using gel medium, watercolors, NeoColors, stencils, brayers, paint, ink, mist, glitter, gilding and fabric.
  • class message board and gallery
  • weekly challenges
  • coordinating digital files and cut files

Classroom exclusive: printable journaling cards, accents and labels by Shanna Noel
Classroom exclusive: printable journaling cards, accents and labels by Shanna Noel


Céline, Anna-Maria and us contributors will be using a wide variety of artistic media to create the mixed media techniques. Some of these supplies can be intimidating, so let's break down what you'll need...

And because we are excited to bring this class to you… there's a special offer!

Studio Calico Mixed Media Class Offer

24 hours only: Take 10% off class supplies when enrolling in Mixed Media!
The special offer will apply to everything in the mixed media category of the shop.

To take advantage of this offer, put the Mixed Media class in your cart, and then shop for your class supplies here. Enter the code MIXED10 at checkout to receive 10% off class supplies.

Not valid on previous purchases. The Mixed Media class must be in your cart along with class supplies in order for promo code to apply correctly. Must enter code at checkout. Refunds will not be issued for misused or non-entered codes. Offer expires at 3/19/2014 at noon EST.

What do you think? I personally can't wait to dive into all the fun and get my fingers dirty.
Hope you join us!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Studio Calico Creative Team Blog Hop

Welcome to our Studio Calico Creative Team blog hop! SC has a new promo out to start a new kit subscription beginning with March kit Office Hours. The fun thing about this new offer is that on top of all subscriber perks, you get a free gift card to the shop if you sub now. Here's how it works:

1. Click on one of the following links to add both, the desired subscription and offered gift card to your shopping cart in a single step:

2. Important: Apply the corresponding promo code before checking out to grant that the gift card in your shopping cart is free to you! 
  • promo code for a new Scrapbook Kit subscription: SBGIFT
  • promo code for a new Card Kit subscription: CARDGIFT
  • promo code for a new Project Life Kit subscription: PLGIFT
Please not that the codes will expire on March 26 at 11:59 pm EST. Fine Print: Studio Calico will not issue refunds for mis-used or non-entered codes. The offer is not valid for previous purchases and it is only valid while supplies last. 

3. Now that you've joined our little community and happy mail is on its way... plan out what you will be getting with your gift card! Need some advice? I have some for you!
What I would shop at the @studio_calico shop for a free $20 gift card by @pixnglue

  • Medium White Shipping Tags: A staple in my book! It's a great size to add a bigger sentiment to or to create focal points for cards. I ran out of these and hand-cut some - granted a double set is already in my cart!
  • Color Theory Ink Pad in Coral Bay: Presuming I wouldn't already have this ink pad, I'd be wanting to get it this month! I've been using this today and it coordinates so well with Office Hours and the upcoming Bluegrass Farm kits. Here's a sneaky peek of Bluegrass Farm add-on Clarabelle with Coral Bay ink:

  • Craft Die: Cross-Stitched Heart: Can you see I'm looking forward to the Stitched Class in the SC classroom next month? Poking holes is mostly what holds me back from handstitch more often, so this little die is perfect and reasonably priced. Imagine cross-stitched hearts for wedding cards  
  • Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint: Totally one of the items I'd be curious to use but wouldn't usually get. But with a free gift card…? Why not try something new! 
It's a great mix of consumables and non-consumables, staples and also special items that I would probably skip if it were not for a free-to-me gift. Depending on which gift card value you get, you could easily leave one of the items out since they are all in roughly the same price range - or you can splurge a little on yourself =)

Enough of my rambling you say? Okay, okay... let's see what the other girls would pick!
Here's the list of all blog hoppers from the Creative Team:

Lisa Truesdell > Natalie Elphinstone > Marcy Penner > Kelly Noel > Suzy Plantamura > Melanie Louette > Nicole Reaves > Lilin Fang > Maggie Massey > Jenn Picard > Geralyn Sy > Stephanie Baxter > Anna-Maria Wolniak > Nicole Samuels > Dana Fleckenstein (you're here!) > Céline Navarro > Stephanie Washburn > Leena Loh

… which means your next stop is lovely Céline who happens to have her birthday today. Bon anniv' et bisous! :) Happy hopping y'all and have a good start to your week!