Showing posts with label all occasion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label all occasion. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hello, hello {Studio Calico June Reveal}

Oh me, oh my! How can it be the 27th already? Time for the reveal of Studio Calico "Hello, hello" kits  and they are really gorgeous and filled with lots of special items :) The scrapbook main has exclusive paint for example and the card kit comes with sheets of felt and cork. Now, let's get right to my projects for this month, okay?

Studio Calico Hello, hello Kit card by @pixnglue

Over the last few month, I had many girly cards to offer as my kit works but this time is the complete opposite as I made only this single one pink card! The star pin and stamps are all included in the card add-on Ciao, and to make it all really easy for you there is a steel die set to accompany the stamp set. Really cute for the arrival of a baby girl, don't you think?

Studio Calico Hello, hello Kit card by @pixnglue

I may be biased towards the mint (a favorite color of mine this year) but this card is my favorite of the ones I made with Hello, hello. The patterned paper and stamp is all from the main kit, as is the cork. The die is offered in addition to the kits and looks so versatile for cards and scrapbooking alike.

Studio Calico Hello, hello Kit card by @pixnglue

Did you see the polka dot stamps included in the card main? Someone was really clever designing them, since the ends "lock" into each other and make lining the rows up a cinch. I used them here for the background with Clean Slate ink.

Studio Calico Hello, hello Kit card by @pixnglue

This card was a total coincident, I stared at the stamp set so long until a light bulb went off. Why not use the arrow shape as a flower stamp? This design is really clean and simple, and oh so fast to replicate when you're in a time crunch. The patterned paper peeking from behind is also from the main card kit.

Studio Calico Hello, hello Kit card by @pixnglue

How about going graphic? The main card kit includes a die set from which I took the frame and build my card design with four different patterned papers, both from the card main and card add-on.

Studio Calico Hello, hello Kit card by @pixnglue

Now, for my last card today, I just had to use another one of the animal stamps. I think I'll surprise my favorite toddler boy with this on his birthday in July :) The giraffe was embossed in white on a tag in the card kit. Instead of stamping a line for the banner words, I sew a few lines and added some Mister Huey sprinkles for "confetti".

Hope you like my projects for this reveal. As always, you can find detail shots in my Studio Calico gallery with easy links to the supplies I've used.

Happy Reveal Day, everyone!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Wild and Free

If you don't like neons, the time to avert your eyes, is NOW ;-) Everyone else, feel free to meet today's card, made for a (Inter-)National Scrapbook Day challenge at

Wild and Free card by @pixnglue
Wild and Free card by @pixnglue

Even though it may appear like it, the challenge was not to use as many day glow colors as possible. If you're curious to find out and want to see what the other Creative Team members have up their sleeves today for your viewing pleasure, the SC blog is were you want to go. The fun starts this Saturday at 8am EST. See you there!

Stamps: Studio Calico Stitched Class exclusive
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine, Hero Arts Neon pink
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream
Other: Studio Calico neon sequins, SC Mister Huey (Calico Shine, neon purple), EK Success 1 3/4" circle punch, Kesi'art neon pink washi tape, Garn & Mehr neon orange twine, neon orange thread, American Crafts Foam Tab Squares

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How to | Make Scratch-off Cards at Home

How to make scratch-off cards at home by @pixnglue

A promising title, right? When I think back to my childhood and think about surprise fun stuff coming in the mail, two things come to my mind: bubble wrap - it's still addicting, isn't isn't it? - and scratch-off tickets that came with catalogue mailings. And with the latter, winning something wasn't even important really. Just scratching off the layer and revealing what's underneath got me all excited, hehe :)
I had similar moment years when I noticed that my old paper trimmer can do perforation lines and a friend and I had a ridiculous few minutes just tearing paper apart when the inspiration for a mass birthday invitation just wouldn't spark.

But back to the topic - scratch-off cards! You can do these at home with stuff you surely already have on hand: acrylic paint, dish soap and scotch tape. Yep, that's all!

How to make scratch-off cards at home by @pixnglue
How to make scratch-off cards at home by @pixnglue

To make it easy for you to follow my directions to this technique and recreating my card, you can download the tutorial here. I'm curious to see in what direction you take this :)

Thanks for visiting!

Supplies (scratch-off and card): 
kits: Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm Card Kit
cardstock: watercolor paperkraft cardstock, Studio Calico Atlantic collection vellum
ink: Studio Calico Color Theory Clean Slate ink
other: Aleene's acrylic paint (metallic silver), Schmincke acrylic paint (neon pink), Garn & Mehr baker's twine (neon pink), Studio Calico Triangle Craft Die, Kesi'art washi tape, American Crafts glitter tape skinny (silver), large pink shipping tag,  dish soap, paintbrush, EK Success 1/2" circle punch, We Are Cropadile, sticky note, typewriter

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Revealed | Studio Calico Office Hours Kit

Hey y'all! It's time for another reveal at Studio Calico which means I can show you the cards I made with the Office Hours kits :) Lately, I had got my cards up all in one post for subscriber reveal but I want to switch things up a little. I made two cards strictly using only the card main and two using almost exclusively the card add-on Water Cooler and I want to these in two separate posts. First up are the cards made with the main kit:

Studio Calico Office Hours Card Kit

In case you are wondering: yes, the veneer shapes match the size of the stamps! You can see how I used them, e.g. on the banner here:

Studio Calico Office Hours main kit only card by @pixnglue

My time for better lining the stamps and veneer pieces up: stand up while stamping so you can see straight through the acrylic block so your perspective isn't distorted. The red ink? Perfection! It's the new Color Theory Well Red ink. Originally I planed only to use the veneer banner on the card but the often neglected ribbon was staring at me so I cut it into a banner shape, then folded it exactly where the stamped banner "folds" and layered that underneath. Almost no additional bulk or weight and lots more dimension - just how I like it!

Next up, a fun little number that was inspired by this pin. The colorful "rain" was made with several Mister Huey's sprays.

Studio Calico Office Hours main kit only card by @pixnglue

For the mask I stamped the upper part of an umbrella on adhesive note paper and cut around the top. After that I used the mist droppers to make the paint drips. What I love about the droppers is, that you can pick up the pooling paint from your mist box and use it again for second or even third time on the same project. If you want to try something similar, I have an in-process shot for you - photos probably can explain better than my words ever will.

colorful rain with Mister Huey's spray mist by @pixnglue

Tip: Keep the mist colors similar. I tried to mix greens, yellows and reds and it turned out as ugly browns since the paints tend to "run" into one another and mix.

That's it from me today! Hope you enjoyed the reading some process details and tips. Happy shopping, everyone!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Studio Calico Sugar Rush Kits {Revealed}

As promised, I am back with my cards for the Sugar Rush gallery. I made four cards using just the main card kit and card add-on Taffy. Some other cards made with Sugar Rush and the gorgeous new Lindsay Letters Letterpress plate and craft die can be found in my last post. The first two were made with the main card kit only and yes, I did color!

… and the next two feature mainly card add-on Taffy:

This last one has to be my favorite. You bet I am going to stock up big time on Lemon Lush! It's like breath of fresh air during these grey winter days :) {By the way, all the new CHA collections went up in the SC shop yesterday.} Anyway, hope you liked these samples! If you are a subber, what did you get?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

More Marks & Co. Kit Projects

Time flies when your having fun, huh? Summer is coming along great with evenings out in gardens and on decks with cook outs and chasing toddlers, street festivals and lots and lots of ice cream. Blog life and crafting got put on the back burner the last few days but I feel it's time to get back into it. For starters, how about the remainder of my Studio Calico Marks & Co. Kit projects?

I used lots of watercolors and Mister Huey Navy to color on this one. Also, I loved the green ribbon! I don't usually turn to ribbon as an embellishment - don't get me wrong I have a full shoebox of spools and rolls, just to find them too bulky for mailing when I comes to putting them on a card - but his one's gorgeous. A lovely emerald shade and really soft, not your regular grosgrain ribbon that ties greatly into a big fluffy bow :)

The vintage deer cut-out in add-on Salinger was so adorable, I had to use it for a baby card. I was looking for some softer colors and tuned them down even with a Silhouette heart cut I had made with the PL digital files and used the matching heart stamp (by Kal Barteski <3!) over it here and there.

I already mentioned gelato is huge part of summer around here so it was a given to use the ice cream stamps/digital files on a card. I stamped the cone for this and decided to cut the scoops with the Silhouette, then spray with Mister Huey's and add some opaque white paint from my watercolor set to give the impression of really creamy, melting ice cream.

I have a soft spot for Crate Paper, especially Maggie's collection are so pretty and I *may* have squealed with delight when I first saw that paint chip style paper I used for the card below. I mean it's turquoise, how could I not? ;-) Long story short: I didn't want to use a lot of other colors/patterns to compete with it. The neutral kraft cardstock, denim ribbon and white/transparent butterfly die-cuts (card kit digital files) did the trick for me! That pinked circle cut out on my main card base was also cut with the card kit digi files - I find them VERY versatile this month!

Alas, that's it already for today! See you soon-ish - I hope August is treating you well until then :)

Kits: Studio Calico Marks & Co card kit, card kit add-on Fitzgerald, scrapbook add-on Salinger, Project Life kit
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine, Versamark Watermark Ink, PTI Raspberry Fizz, Sweet Blush and Fine Linen, Jenni Bowlin Cough Sirup, Heyda green
Other: Silhouette Cameo machine, watercolors/watercolor brush, transparency film, typwriter, SC Mister Huey (Navy, Sherbet, Boss Lady), Tattered Angels Peacock Glimmer Mist, 4" doily, Glossy Accents, Martha Stewart glitter, sewing machine/thread, American Crafts Foam Tab Circles, Tiny Attacher, PTI Fillable Frames die

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Studio Calico Marks & Co Kit Reveal

Hello everyone! How's it going where you live? I'm just taking a break from gearing up for what is said the be the hottest day in about 30 years and we've already hit the 38°C/100 °F mark in the early afternoon. BUT today is also reveal day at Studio Calico which means I get to share my cards for this month with you. I'll split it up into two posts on the blog but as always you can go to my gallery on the Studio Calico website to see everything all at once together with some details.

Pinwheel card by @pixnglue using Studio Calico's Marks & Co Kit

This one is my card using "only" the Marks & Co main card kit. The pinwheels are so cute, don't you think?
Thank You card by @pixnglue using Studio Calico's Marks & Co Kit

This one is also a card kit only project (well almost, I accidentally used a tiny bit of a doily).
Handmade birthday card by @pixnglue using Studio Calico's Marks & Co Kit

A new spin on a old design. The veneer butterflies in the Fitzgerald add-on are one of my favorite pieces from this month.

Sent With Love summer jar card by @pixnglue using Studio Calico's Marks & Co Kit

I used quite a bit of the 6x6 vellum piece in Fitzgerald here, also the digital version of the card kit stamps to print the milk bottle onto transparency film.

So, this is the first batch of my August projects. Remember the links to kits won't work until midnight on the 28th (EST). Have you picked your add-ons, yet? I'd love to find out what your favorites are! See you soon :) Until then, I literally try to stay cool and may have to make another grocery shop run - for popsicles that is.

Kits: Studio Calico Marks & Co card kit, card kit add-on Fitzgerald, scrapbook add-on Salinger, Project Life kit
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine, Versamark Watermark Ink, PTI Raspberry Fizz
Additional Cardstock: PTI Vintage Cream
Other: Silhouette Cameo machine, Peerless transparent watercolor papers/ watertank brush, transparency film, printer, SC Mister Huey (Calico Shine, Cream, Boss Lady, Seafoam, Sherbet), 4" doily, EK Success 1 3/4 heart punch, Glossy Accents, Martha Stewart glitter, sewing machine/thread, American Crafts Foam Tab Circles, Tiny Attacher, American Crafts Zing Aqua embossing powder, neon straw from stash

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Studio Calico Valley High Kit Reveal {and there's a little extra too}

Can you believe it's already time for the July kit reveal at Studio Calico? Yeah, me neither but I sure hope you are excited for it since there are lots and lots of fun embellishments and stamps included. Let's get right to my gallery projects for this month so I can show you! Also, you *may* want to read all the way down for a special perk ;)

Handmade Hello There Speech Bubble Card by @pixnglue using Studio Calico's Valley High Kits

The patterned paper and speech bubble stamp on this card is from the Valley High main card kit and I think it's a complete bonus that the size and shape goes so well with the speech bubble spray mask that was part of SC's Winter CHA release. I sprayed with the new Navy Mister Huey from the Atlantic collection directly onto the patterned paper. As for the glittered sentiment, I used my trusty Martha Stewart glue pen to trace the stamped sentiment and sprinkled gold glitter on top.

Handmade A Little Note Card by @pixnglue using Studio Calico's Valley High Kits

This one is probably my favorite card from my gallery this month! I was able to incorporate so many fun patterns and embellishments from all the kits I got without it looking like too much of a good thing since the background and bow is fairly neutral in color. Just don't ask how long it took me to decide where goes what ;-)

Handmade A Little Birdie Told Me Card by @pixnglue using Studio Calico's Valley High Kits

For this card I played with some subtle elements for added texture, e.g. the heat embossed feathers in the background. The clear embossing adds just a little extra sparkle and elegance without distracting from my focal point.

Handmade Watercolor Flower Card by @pixnglue using Studio Calico's Valley High Kits

If you know me a little, you know how I love me some pops of color and this watercolored layered flower - cut with the Silhouette Cameo and the card kit digital stamp files - is just that! I mixed a few of the more primary colored watercolors from the main card kit (yes, there's a set of semi-moist watercolors included!) with the brights from the Peerless Watercolor Papers in the shop to achieve these pretty pinks and corals. To finish everything off, I added a few sprinkles of neon orange Mister Huey - these neon colors are growing on me these days :)

Handmade Decorated Mini Envelope with Note Card by @pixnglue using Studio Calico's Valley High Kits

I'd bet some of you saw this one coming, right? I have quite the thing for tiny little note cards and the office mail style mini envelopes that was included in the card kit was just screaming at me to be dressed up :) I also decorated the the notecard for the inside, which you can see on one of the detail shots in the SC gallery.

Handmade HB2U Card by @pixnglue using Studio Calico's Valley High Kits

As for my last card for today, I wanted to switch the size up from the regular A2 and cut this down to 3 1/2 by 4 7/8 in. I found this was just a better match for long, skinny tag that was included in the Jennifer add-on. I love how the colors in this add-on go so well together without being overly matchy matchy. For my finishing touches, I add some sprinkles of my favorite Calico Shine Mister Huey and a bit of the skinny silver glitter tape.

Now for the little perk I hinted at in the beginning - should you decide to become a new subscriber for any of the main kits, you can use the following codes for 5 US$ off your first month's kit:

  • Valley High Scrapbook Kit subscription: SCRAPBOOKVALLEY
  • Valley High Card Kit subscription: CARDVALLEY
  • Valley High Project Life Kit subscription: PLVALLEY

Please note that links to July kits become active for everyone at midnight EST on 6/28 and the codes will expire at June 30th, 2013 at midnight EST. Since SC was able up the quantities, you probably will be able to start your subscription beginning with the Valley High Kit - yes, also for the PL kit! Talk about good news :) Happy shopping and thanks so much for stopping by!!

Studio Calico Kits: Valley High Card Kit, Card Add-on Corey, Scrapbook Add-on Jennifer, Valley High Digital Stamp Brushes
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine, Versamark Watermark Ink, PTI Enchanted Evening
Additional Cardstock: Hero Arts Neon Pink, PTI Soft Stone
Other: Martha Stewart punches (Royal Butterfly, All-over-the-page Butterfly, 1" Starburst circle, 1" scalloped circle), Silhouette Cameo machine, PTI Impression Plates (Text Style, Woodgrain), Tiny Attacher, Peerless Transparent Watercolor Papers, SC speech bubble spray mask, SC Mister Huey Navy, Calico Shine and Bazinga, SC Mister Huey Limited Editon Neon, AmCrafts Skinny Glitter Tape (silver), AmCrafts Knock-out border punch (basic set), pinking sheers, sewing machine/thread, AmCrafts Foam Tab Circles, Martha Stewart Glue Pen, 4" doily, gold glitter from stash, clear embossing powder

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Studio Calico Reveal | May Kit Planetarium II

Hey there, I'm back with another two of my Planetarium kit cards. The first one has a little masculine touch. I know some of you struggle with guy cards, so I always try to fit one of them in my monthly assignments with the kits. For the turquoise layer I repeatedly stamped the star trail stamp from the North Star add-on on a piece of card stock using Versamark ink, then embossed it with clear embossing powder. After everything cooled down, I used Mister Huey Ocean (from the Here+There collection) and a watercolor brush to paint over the embossed cardstock. Love the subtle gradient I could achieve.

This next card is completely neutral color-wise and I really like how it makes the gold stars look. Also, I find it's a great proof how those kits can fit any card-making style, even vintage, if you want to.

Gold Star handmade card by @pixnglue using Studio Calico Planetarium kits

That's it from me for now. Hope you have a lovely day today! :)

Kits: SC Planetarium Main Card Kit, North Star Card Add-on
Ink: Versamark Watermark Ink, Versamark Versafine Onyx Black, PTI Enchanted Evening, PTI Hawaiian Shores, PTI Tea Dye Duo Chai Blend
Other: Sewing machine/thread, SC Mister Huey Ocean, EK Success 1 3/4" circle punch, clear embossing powder

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!

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

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!

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