Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas to You

Hello there! Hope you had (and still have) a wonderful Christmas time! I'm currently trying not to completely fall into food coma ;-) I guess you can somehow relate...? I decided the best thing to distract myself from any more cookies is showing you a few Christmas cards and taking a looooong walk outside since the weather feels more like early spring (12 C/54 F!!) than winter anyway. But first, for the cards...
One of the "perks" of writing magazine articles is that you get to do it way before any of the current manufacturer lines hit the stores. So either you use the collections of the year before or you gotta improvise a little. I tried both with these two cards.

Scrap-Art-Zine Fall 2012 Pub - Handmade Christmas Card Embossed Star

Scrap-Art-Zine Fall 2012 Pub - Handmade Christmas Card Embossed Star Detail

The star here was die-cut from a recycled packaging of clear acetate, then stamped with the Hero Arts designer woodgrain and embossed with American Crafts Zing embossing powder. The neutral doily patterned paper was from an older Crate Paper collection (Emma's Shoppe).

Scrap-Art-Zine Fall 2012 Pub - Handmade Christmas Tree Card

Scrap-Art-Zine Fall 2012 Pub - Handmade Christmas Tree Card Detail

For this card I was very much inspired by Crate's Sleigh Ride collection. It was just presented at CHA Summer and I loved the B-side of the Rudolph paper enough to recreate a similar effect with a Christmas tree stamp I had custom made for me some time ago.

Sooo, that's it from me today! While these cards won't help you for this years Christmas cards, they may inspire you to start early building your stash for next year? Something I should clearly aim for!

See you soon for the Studio Calico January Kit reveal! I'll be sharing a few more sneaks today and tomorrow on Instagram.


Supplies
Stamps: Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain, custom-made (tree)
Ink: PTI Aqua Mist, Ripe Avocado and Tea-dye duo, Versamark
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper (Emma's Shoppe, Peppermint Collection)
Cardstock: Dani Peuss Creme, PTI Kraft
Other: AmCrafts Zing Aqua, SC Mister Huey's Calico Shine and Gold, Basic Grey Jovial Assorted Brads, PTI Tag sale die, The Twinery Baker's Twine Aqua, foam dimensionals, Martha Stewart Vintage Doily punch, heavy weight acetat sheet (recycled)

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Studio Calico Block Party Sneaks

Hello there, I had posted some SC sneaks on Instagram throughout the week but realized that not everyone is on there or maybe even no longer there with their TOS communication disaster ;-) So I thought you would like to see them posted here, too.

Studio Calico Block Party Sneaks

Studio Calico Block Party Sneaks

Studio Calico Block Party Sneaks
Studio Calico Block Party Sneaks

For January, I got the Card Kit, Add-on #3 and Add-on #4. Love the many turquoise patterns in there and I really can't wait to share the full projects with you all! :)

Monday, December 17, 2012

ScrapArtZine Fall Publication

Hello everyone! Thanks so much for your wonderful words here and on social media, as well as the warm welcome on the Studio Calico message boards. I truly feel honored be able to work alongside so these talented ladies.

Since Christmas is only a week away (!) it's high time to share some holiday themed cards, don't you think? Here's the first one, published for in an article for ScrapArtZine (the Fall 2012 issue).

Handmade Christmas Card with a non-traditional color scheme as published in ScrapArtZine

Handmade Christmas Card with a non-traditional color scheme as published in ScrapArtZine - detail

You can see, I was not *really* in a mood for a traditional Christmas color scheme back in July ;-) Anyway, I'll be spreading some more cards out over the next few days as time permits. How about you? Everything ready to be mailed?


Supplies
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe
Cardstock: PTI Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores
Other: PTI Damask Snowflakes dies, Martha Stewart Vintage Doily punch, MT basic stripe red washi tape, Freckled Fawn teal polka dot washi, October Afternoon Sprinkler Paper Doily, PTI Impression Plate Cane Print, font: Adler

Friday, December 14, 2012

Someone Pinch Me, Please!

... because I sure must be dreaming, right? Well, in case I am not, there is this wonderful company that put my name down on their 2013 Creative Team list...

2013 Studio Calico Creative Team Announcement
2013 Studio Calico Creative Teams - List of Names for Scrapbook Kit, Card Kit and Project Life Kit

Weeeee :) I was invited to join the first ever Studio Calico Card Kit team! Crazy? I know!!! Really, I have no idea how they found me but I'm so happy they did and that I'll have the opportunity to work with these amazingly talented ladies :-) Also I have already had the chance to work with their soon to be released January 2013 Card Kit this week. It's packed full of gorgeous supplies including an exclusive 6x6" paper pad and stamp set! Here's a first Card Kit only sneak from me:

Studio Calico January 2013 Card Kit Sneak by pixelsandglue.blogspot.com

Can't wait to share the full projects with you soon! Meanwhile, you can see some more sneak images from the other designers in the SC sneak peak slideshow and read about us newbies in the official 2013 Creative Team announcement on the Studio Calico blog :)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! I sure will - there is a lovely kit and some add-ons waiting for me, a breakfast date with a good friend planned on Saturday and, yes, I've been told to supervise Santa Claus this very afternoon :D
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