Wednesday, January 30, 2013

My Favorite Card of 2012

Believe it or not but I have never shared my favorite card I made in 2012! How could that happen? Honestly, I don't know but here it is:

Handmade Baby Birthday Card with die-cut giraffe

Handmade Baby Birthday Card with die-cut giraffe - detail

It looks similar to a baby card I made  back in May last year, just that this one is for a boy's first birthday. The parents (dear friends) asked me to make one, since they don't do crafts themselves but appreciate handmade. Their idea is it to write their son a special message each year for his birthday. Cute, right? I love it and I can't wait to make this year's - though that means that Mister Tiny is growing at rocket speed and we all want to keep him "as is". Has anyone found a solution for this yet? ;-)


Supplies
Stamps: PTI Button Boutique, PTI Bitty Background Blocks
Ink: Versamark, PTI Smokey Shadow, PTI Hawaiian Shores
Patterned Paper: Crate Pretty Party
Cardstock: PTI Aqua Mist, Orange Zest and Rustic Cream
Other: sewing machine/thread, SC Mister Huey's Mint Julep, foam dots, paper doily, Aleene's acrylic paint (Pudding), PTI Dark Chocolate backer's twine, PTI Aqua Mist button, PTI Sweet Baby dies

Monday, January 28, 2013

Studio Calico Front Row Reveal

Hello there, how can a month go by so fast? It's crazy but February is right ahead of us and with it comes... Studio Calico's fabulous Front Row Kits! I'm not kidding when I tell you this is my favorite Card Kit to date. Want to have a look at my projects? Here ya go!

Vintage Phone Card using the Studio Calico Front Row Kit by pixnglue

This is my main-only card. Seriously, just how cute is that rotary dial stamp in the card kit? It took me forever and a day but I just had to create a vintage phone cut-file for it.

All Occasion Card using the Studio Calico Front Row Kit by pixnglue

This card uses mainly the card kit, too (I only layered some of the arrows from the Matinee Add-on). Yellow and turquoise while the weather is oh so bleak outside? Yes, please!
Hello Confetti Card using the Studio Calico Front Row Kit by pixnglue

Now, this one is my personal favorite from the bunch! It must be the nearing Carnival season but my love for confetti is back :) The enamel dots in the card kit seamed to be such a fun addition to the paper confetti and Mister Huey sprinkles. 


Handmade Cupcake Birthday Card using the Studio Calico Front Row Kit by pixnglue

How about a graphic, modern take on those cupcake cards? I had left the sentiment label blank so I can use what ever I see fit but I think I've found the perfect stamp in the new Winter CHA collections *wink*.

Welcome Girl Twins Handmade Card with a Nautical Theme using the Studio Calico Front Row Kit by pixnglue

Loved to make this one! It's a card entirely made with Add-on Matinee and the recipient is a friend who recently gave birth to twin girls. She decorated the entire nursery in line with the current nautical trend so I designed a sailboat in the Silhouette Studio to go with the theme. The triangle washi is one of my favorites in the kits this month.
Bonjour Handmade Card using the Studio Calico Front Row Kit by pixnglue

Lastly, I made this little number.  One of the cute office-mail style envelopes has sparked the inspiration for it. Also can you see how much I loved the grey patterned paper? It made an appearance on 5 out of 6 cards. Ha!

Want to see more? I have detail shots in my SC gallery and you can find the other ladies' gorgeous projects there, too. Got to run now since I have a breakfast date with a couple of girlfriends :) Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies
Studio Calico Front Row Card Kit, Add-on Big Screen, Add-on Matinee, Hexie Pattern cut file
Ink: PTI True Black and Aqua Mist
Cardstock: PTI Vintage Cream and Soft Stone
Other: Studio Calico Mister Huey's (Calico Shine, Lemonade, Clover, Boss Lady, Mint Julep), typewriter, sewing machine/thread, PTI Impression Plate, PTI flower dies, PTI Turning a New Leaf dies, PTI cupcake dies, American Crafts foam dots, Martha Stewart Glue Pen, Tiny Attacher, Silhouette Cameo, EK Success Swiss Cheese Punch, Martha Stewart Royal Butterfly Punch, pinking sheers

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Studio Calico Block Party, Pt. 2

As promised earlier this week, the Block Party continues :) I played with my Cameo quite a bit for the first one. How cool is this Crooked Chevron cut?! Apart from the sentiment stamp, supplies are entirely from the Woodbrooke Road Add-on.

Handmade graphic birthday card using the Studio Calico Block Party Kit by pixnglue

This next card was made with a New Year's Eve birthday child in mind. So I wanted it to be a bit sparkly without being too themed. Glitter brads anyone? They're gorgeous IRL!

Ticket Strip Birthday card using the Studio Calico Block Party Kit by pixnglue

Sometime during my work with the kits, I had tons of pretty paper strips on my table - far too pretty to throw them away, so I made it part of my design for the next card.

Turquoise Striped Birthday card using the Studio Calico Block Party Kit by pixnglue

This last one was really fun to make. I saw the Sn@p pockets in the kit and immediately had the idea to turn these into tiny envelopes. The card is only 2,75" square but it's a great size for a little lunchbox note, don't you think?

Handmade Hello There Snap Pocket card using the Studio Calico Block Party Kit by pixnglue

You can find detail shots of the above cards in my Studio Calico gallery. Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous Sunday :)



Supplies
Studio Calico Block Party Card KitAdd-on #3 Pioneer Drive, Add-on #4 Woodbrooke Road
Ink: PTI True Black, Smokey Shadow and Hawaiian Shores
Other: Silhouette CameoCrooked Chevron die-cutTiny Attacher, AmCrafts Foam Dimensionals, Glossy Accents, PTI Mat Stack die, PTI Edger die, PTI Limitless Layers 1 3/4" circles, SC Mister Huey Shine and Mint Julep, sewing machine/thread, Martha Steward Starburst 1" punch

Thursday, January 3, 2013

It's a Block Party!

Happy New Year, everyone!! Hope you are off to a great start :) I just wanted to quickly pop in and share some of my first Design Team cards for Studio Calico with their Block Party Kits. For this month I got the card kit (of course) and I also couldn't resist the Pioneer Drive and Woodbrooke Road Add-ons.

Handmade Birthday Card using the Studio Calico Block Party Kit by pixnglue

The first one was made with just the Card Kit for this month, a few dies and Mister Huey sprinkles.

Handmade Birthday Card using the Studio Calico Block Party Kit by pixnglue

Loved how this one came together through a bit of an accident. I cut a square piece of the yellow diagonal stripe off and glued it down to my card base, then felt the proportion is way off. With another, smaller piece of the same pattern, I could form a big chevron for my background and saved the card from the junk drawer :)
Handmade all occasion butterfly card using the Studio Calico Block Party Kit by pixnglue

My last card for todays post is more of a general purpose, all occasion one since I intentionally left the sentiment off. I'm don't usually use dark card bases but much rather go for cream, white or kraft. It's amazing to see though how much the colors pop against the dark grey background. For me, that's the beauty of the card kit - you get some supplies that you maybe wouldn't buy yourself but end up loving.

You can see detail shots of the cards above (and all of my other cards for this month, too, if you want) in my Studio Calico gallery. I have four more cards to show later this week, including my personal favorite. See you then!


Supplies
Studio Calico Block Party Card Kit, Add-on #3 Pioneer Drive, Add-on #4 Woodbrooke Road
Ink: PTI Raspberry Fizz, PTI True Black
Other: Silhouette Cameo, Tiny Attacher, AmCrafts Foam Dimensionals, Glossy Accents, PTI Mat Stack die, PTI Edger die, SC Mister Huey Shine and Boss Lady