Thursday, December 31, 2015

Studio Calico Sunday Sketch Part II

I used the card sketch at Studio Calico to crank out 4 more cards leaving me with 34. I am working on using up this 6x6 paper pad by Lily Bee is amazing how many cards you can make from a few pieces of little paper.

Thank for stopping by and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Studio Calico Sunday Sketch 12.27

I'm playing along with Sunday Sketch over at Studio Calico. I used the scrapbook sketch as inspiration for this card. The papers are mostly ancient Making Memories, the background was embossed using a Quickutz embossing folder and the penguin is from the Merry and Bright stamp set by In a Creative Bubble for Studio Calico. The die for the flag is also Studio Calico. I used some stickles on his hat for a little sparkly. I made 4 of them so my count is now 38 remaining if you are following along;)

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday 235

I'm playing along today because the Make It Monday 235 is all about coloring...and I love to color. Two more happy new year cards 42 remaining. I used up the last little bits of snowflake paper and also a piece of glitter ribbon that has been lying around. The bear stamp is from the Make it Merry stamp set by In A Creative Bubble for Studio Calico and the fox stamp is from the Warmest Wishes stamp set by Papertrey Ink. Both are colored with Copic Markers.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Getting Ready for 2016

I'm trying to get enough cards made to give my co-workers when I head back to work after break. It's a perfect project for stash busting too and you know how I love to use up what I have. The first set of cards was made using all snowflake paper I could find in my stash and this Merry and Bright stamp by In A Creative Bubble for Studio Calico. The paper on this particular card is from an old Basic Grey collection.

I also used up some colored card stock which is awesome because my bin is over stuffed and those snowflake sequins are now gone from my stash too. I was inspired by the 12.20 Sunday Sketch at Studio Calico. I made 6 of these...that leaves me about 44 more.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

PaperTrey Ink Make It Monday #233

This week it was all about the splatters for Make It Monday on the PaperTrey Ink blog. This is one thing I have more than I could use in a lifetime so why now dust off a bottle of spray ink and make a few more Christmas cards.

I used the Warmest Wishes stamp set and dies for this card and colored the images with Copic  markers. I made the splatters with Frosty Nights glimmer mist from Tattered Angels.

I do love the effect of splatters especially for winter type projects and really should use them more.

And since I had out the stamps and markers and paper I made this shaker card using the same stamp set and dies.

I love coloring stamped makes me feel like a kid! Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Reverse Confetti SFYTT30

I'm playing along with Reverse Confetti SFYTT30 November sketch using Jolly Holiday stamps and dies.

Here is the sketch...

First I tried the sketch with some circles using Simon Says Stamp border and circle dies, colored the images with Copic markers and added some Stickles for some sparkle.

Then I used my Studio Calico triangle dies,  Martha Stewart glitter and American Crafts red glitter ribbon for this card.

I am on card 4 using this sketch and will post the rest when the sun comes out again.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Make It Monday #227

I am playing along with Papertrey Ink this week for Make It Monday focal clusters challenge. I made some gratitude cards to send out next month using Leaf Prints and Spruce and Sprigs stamp sets and distress ink. I stamped on water color paper and then added a little water to some of the images.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Reverse Confetti October Sketch

I'm playing along with Reverse Confetti's Sketch For You To Try again this month.
Here is the sketch:

And here is my card made with the Monkey Business stamp set and dies. I just love that guy!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Reverse Confetti September Sketch Challenge

So, Reverse Confetti had a sale and I picked up some stamps and I have to say that I LOVE.LOVE them! And now that I have some stamps, I might as well play along with their monthly sketch challenge. Who doesn't need more crafty inspiration, right?

Here is the sketch...

And here are the cards I made...

For both cards I used Basic Grey High Line paper, the border dies are from Simon Says Stamp, the ink is Flamingo Color Theory ink from Studio Calico and the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set and dies from  Reverse Confetti.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Happy Mail!

I received a box in the mail from Studio Calico today and if I made a video of me opening the package and posted it I could win a year subscription! I posted a little video on instagram and wanted to share photos of everything that was inside the box. (I did take a longer video, but it is too big to upload and I'm not going to try to figure that out right now.

I got a new style black handbook.  I love these things.

Next are these color theory month labels in black and blue


Some more color theory...this time in paint form...deja blue and blush crush

and these Lara Casey cards from this month make me happy...the colors are amazing!

and make stuff transparency pack from the month before last (Cirque Kit release).

and can you believe it...the Iris kit from this month. I adore that stamp set!

 and the Athena add on kit from last month (Odyssey Kit Release)

WOW! I know right...I scored big. Thank you so much Studio Calico for your generosity!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

B is for

 border dies and I'm taking part in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with a couple of cards.

I love how the border just adds something subtle while still making an impact.  Both cards were made from Studio Calico Lemon Lush papers and ephemera.  I left the tags blank so I could use the cards for whatever just by adding a little sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Up in the clouds

That's Simon Says Stamp's Monday's blog challenge.  I used my far, far away kit from Studio Calico, Fiskars cloud punches and Dina Wakley's scribbly bird stamp and Freckled Fawn puffy heart sticker to make this...

The bird was stamped on water color paper and painted with watercolors.  The background is also water color paper painted with water colors.  Loved this challenge!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #198

A fabulous tutorial is up at Papertrey Ink for a 3 panel card.  I used the 6x6 Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper Party Day paper and made this card.

For the front, I used a button and brad and tied the card together with a piece of twine.

The inside middle section has banners, sequins and the sentiment.

The bottom section is made with a strip of paper and this fun  dangled stars die from PTI.

And the top is a piece of paper from the pack.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

and a second card with cute little girl

My second card (actually 2) took the B side of one of the papers and a cute (ok...super cute) Ashley Goldberg stamp and the amazing sparkle die from Papertrey Ink. I actually made 3 girls, but mags took the one with the red hair.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January stash busting project revealed.

I have picked the Holly collection from Crate Paper for my January stash busting project.  I picked this, put it back as too hard since it is a Christmas line and then picked it back up...I am always up for a good challenge.
I am working through the Sparkle class at Studio Calico and have been inspired to sparkle up my projects...a win/win in my book.

Here is what I am starting with...

There are about 8 full 12x12 pieces of paper, some partial sheets of paper, diecuts and 2 sheets of alphas...yes this is going to be a challenge.

The first cards I made (and I made 2 of them) uses the back side of the diecut circles, the solid B side of one of the papers and the stamp set from this Studio Calico kit.  It is still available. 

The sentiment and elephant were embossed with silver metallic Zing embossing powder and then the parachute was embossed on a different sheet of paper and the elephant was stamped with Color Theory ink and then cut out.  I gave one of the to a student who graduated last week and the second one will go in my graduation card stash.

I am hoping to SPARK some ideas that will allow you to look at your stash in new and different ways.  One great way to update old product is to use new stamps...that immediately makes the project feel more current.

Monday, January 19, 2015

And now the rest of the story.

The end of the Crate Paper Avenue story that is. I had only scraps left after the first 8 cards and managed to make 3 additional cards.

The bird stamp came from this Studio Calico kit and the happy new year stamp came from this Kelly Purkey stamp set.  Both are still available.

And when it was all said and done I had this...

this is the back side of the diecuts...I kept them because they are white and have a nice texture...

And then I made these tags with the alphas...

I get bonus points for using up some KI tags, Teresa Collins enamel dots and Jenni Bowlin red labels.

And then there was this...

I kept these too...I have an idea and maybe I'll try it some day;)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Happy 2015!

So what if it's a little late, right? I'm always late to the party.  I have been taking on stash busting projects to reduce the amount of stuff I have taking up space in my house and I thought it might be fun to share here.

My one little word for 2015 is spark and I hope I can help spark your creativity by showing you how I go about using up some very old supplies.

The first stash busting project is going to involve the Crate Paper Avenue Collection.  What I love about these vintage Crate Paper lines is that the B side is a solid color and that lends itself to making cards very nicely.

I'll try to remember to get pictures, but some of these will be coming from Instagram so the quality may not be that great.

Here is what I am starting with...3 full sheets of paper, some partial paper pieces, some die cuts and an incomplete set of alphas.

I started off with making 8 Happy New Year shaker cards...4 of each of these styles.

The card on the left uses the B sides of 2 of the papers and the card on the right uses 1 A and 1 B side. The stamp set is from this Studio Calico kit and the colored ink is Color Theory.