Monday, November 24, 2014

Next stop: Park Avenue!

Only a couple of more days until Studio Calico's Park Ave kits go live. Let's take a sneak peek at my gallery projects for December, shall we?

Studio Calico Park Ave Sneaks by @pixnglue

I love that you can take this kit from bold to understated and elegant. The skyline houses in the card main are great to watercolor and the fill patterns proofed to be versatile beyond the original purpose. My favorite from this month's card kit? The adorable veneer taxi of course!

Before I go, I just wanted to give you a couple of shopping tips for items that I think work well with your Park Ave card kit:

  • AmCrafts Gold Zing Metallic embossing powder. Yes, it's become an addiction since the last kit or so. The raised surface of heat embossing gives such a nice texture and the gold color is looks good with both the neutrals and the purple/pinks.
  • Vellum. I don't think I'll give up on this anytime soon. It's my go-to to either tone done a bold paper and let the focal point shine or as a extra layer.
  • Glossy Accents. I specifically used this for the veneer taxi card above to adhere the glitter and give a little shine to the rear window. It's also great to fix sequins, buttons and the like.
  • Neocolor II. Well, Céline recommended them as her favorites in spring and by now I have a whole collection of these watercolor crayons. If you've worked with Gelatos before, they are a little different to work with but the colors are so vibrant - worth to take a look at them. If you go into the SC shop to a specific color, you also find info on which of them coordinate with the Color Theory system.

If you are interested to see more sneaks, the SC sneak page shows some more and many of the Creative Team members also add a sneak thread on the message board.

Hope to see you for reveal on the 27th!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Happy Scrappy Friends | Project Life® Cards

Hooray for the 12th of the month - it means we get to offer you a fresh Happy Scrappy Friends challenge! This month's topic is using Project Life® cards on whatever project fun project you have on your mind - in my case, of course, we're talking handmade greeting cards.

I dug into my stash and busted out one of my favorite PL kits, Studio Calico's sold out Marks & Co, as well as some other finds from my left-over bin. I was determined to start with Christmas cards but that just didn't happen, so fall it was.

Happy Scrappy Friends | Project Life card challenge // handmade fall card by @pixnglue
Happy Scrappy Friends | Project Life card challenge // handmade fall card by @pixnglue
Supplies Kit: Studio Calico Walden Card Kit and Marks & Co Project Life Kit | Cardstock: Neenah Solar White | Other: SC Mister Huey spray mist (neon pink, Pinstripe), SC sequins (gold)SC Color Theory washi tape, AmCrafts glitter tape (brown sugar), Papertrey Ink leaf dies, Cosmo Cricket tag, neon pink thread, cork sheet

You see, PL cards are a nice way to mat a few layers and embellishments. I worked with some die-cut leaves to create a focal point but when you find a nice image instead of "just" a patterned PL card in your stash, you don't even need to go that route.

Thanks for hopping by, scrappy friends! Your next stop is Dori, who does PL on a regular basis. Also, hop by the HSF blog for a full participant list and details on how you can play along with us as well. See you there!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

#SCinspires | Congrats to...

Happy November to all of you and especially to Sara Swing! Sara commented on my #SCinspires post and chose her to be the winner of my Studio Calico The Underground card kit giveaway. Sara said:

     Would love to start making cards...following you, thank you! SCID: sswing10

Thank you to everyone who took part in the blog hop and left a comment and big congratulations, Sara!! I'm looking forward to see your first cards pop up in the SC gallery.