Saturday, March 31, 2012
But I love the words that are on the B side of the Pink Pearl paper from the brand new Studio Calico Take Note collection. So I cut them out and used them to make this card:
The red frame is the B side of the Cubicle paper, and that divine grey pattern?? That would be the Wag Pattern paper from Classic Calico Vol. 2...I foresee LOTS of it in my future.
FYI: Today is the LAST day you can add to your SC order and have it ship free with your kit...they added quite a few items from all of the new collections last night, including the NEW MISTER HUEY COLORS!!! Go check out the NEW SECTION OF THE SHOP!!
Add a few bits of Gold POW glitter paper (punched with my fave Stampin Up heart punch), a random brad from long ago and some Basic Grey alpha stickers from a past SC kit...BOOM!
a simple card that I hope makes her smile.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
i said it.
jumping right in...
My Main kit only layout above...after we dropped Allie off at her Valentine's formal, i sat right down and uploaded photos i had snapped of her all dressed up. Mike happened to walk in, and said:
'hey. how funny is that? you took the same picture of her right before her 2nd grade Valentine's dance, remember?'.
i didn't remember.
but i started DIGGING through photo files on this computer.
and there it was.
5 years before, same spot. same brick wall. same girlie.
i love that he remembered.
the bicycle stamps from the Main were PERFECT...kind of showing a progression from tricycle to big kid bike (aka, wee babe to mature young lady). the stencil 'A' was cut from the Jenni Bowlin paper, and I inked it with Teal Damask chalk ink before spritzing some Huey Shine on it. Arrows welded together and cut with the Cameo, as was the heart circle border.
i may or may not have shed a tear putting this one together.
this one uses a pic from one of our 'Girls Day Out' adventures...she is so like me, not necessarily in her appearance, but her manner is all learned from her mama. her gestures. her expressions. her delivery of a joke. her sensitivity. her tendency to open herself up just a wee bit too much, thus allowing for a bit of heartache.
the sports stuff?
that's all Dad lol.
but her heart is 100% me.
i discovered how PERFECTLY the Cameo will cut vellum for this page...see the previous post where i outlined a super easy way to make your own Polaroid frame with a welded shape. how perfect is the 'potty girl' shape at the top right corner of the frame?! (even made her a yellow sequined skirt heehee)
aaah...my 'therapeutic' layout lol. i spritzed some Huey White on that circle doily mask and went to TOWN with my Fiskars Fingertip knife, baby. it actually didn't take that long either...maybe 25-30 minutes to cut it all out? arrows cut with the Cameo again.
this last one is proof that:
A. the Pacifico font is 10 kinds of awesome and works for nearly everything imaginable.
B. vellum is BACK.
C. if you go slow enough with your sewing machine, and hand turn the wheel instead of using the foot pedal, pretty awesome stitching can happen.
and i am in LOVE with sequins.
hoping to see more of those.
always looking for a fun embellishment that doesn't bulk up a page too much.
Don't forget, only a few more days to register for the SKETCHBOOK 4 class at Studio Calico...it has like, 50 sketches/layouts/cards to draw ideas from!!
have a great week :)
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
thanks for the tutorial... i really need to purchase a cameo! i would love to win a spot in the class... in desperate need of a scrappy pick me up and those sketches would help. thanks again!Mandee, please shoot me a note: nicole(at)studiocalico(dot)com
back later tonight with City of Light layouts...enjoy your day!!
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Join Kelly Purkey in another installment of her popular Sketchbook class! Sketchbook 4 is a four week class filled with fresh sketches, easy instructions, beautiful examples, and lots of fun. This class is designed to be used at any time and over + over again when you need inspiration.
Sketchbook is different from any other sketch class out there because Kelly and the contributors offer design tips and detailed explanation of what makes a page work. It's more than sketches - they’ll deliver valuable pointers for creating great layouts.
By the end of the class, you'll have a complete sketchbook of 12 original sketches, 38 layouts, and an ADDITIONAL 38 sketches based on those creative pages. All the examples are brand new layouts, exclusive to this class... you won't see them anywhere else! You will be receiving an example layout from Kelly for each of the sketches, along with two example layouts from a Studio Calico Design Team member and some of your favorite SC Guest Designers.
Here's a sneak of my Sketches layout...using the bits I had left on my desk from the City of Lights Studio Calico kit:
***isn't that grey 'doily' shape AWESOME?! Coming verrrrrrry soon to the SC Shop...don't miss it!!
I love making Polaroid style frames with my Cameo...here is a SUPER EASY way to make one:
- The actual Polaroid frame is in the Silhouette shop...it is one of my most-used purchases for sure. Go ahead and open it up :)
- For this frame, I used the 'HELLO' found in the Silhouette shop. You could use any font/shape/word you like!! Open that up as well.
- Click on the 'hello' and drag it to the inside of the Polaroid frame...so that the bottom of the letters are just barely touching the edge of the frame.
- Right click anywhere on the 'canvas' you're working on...click 'SELECT ALL'.
- Click 'WELD' at the bottom.
- Your word is now attached/welded to your frame...YAY!!
- Now click on the new frame/word combo you just made and size it any way you like. This is 2.9"Wx3.85"H...I saved it for future use in Project Life ;)
Now...on to the giveaway!!
Just leave a comment here before 8PM EST on Monday March 26...and I'll select a winner from there. If you've already paid, we'll refund your class fee if you're my winner!!
Have a great week :)
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Between work/soccer/Mike's travel/scrappy stuff/everything else I can't remember off hand, this month has been a bit of a blur. But I've had a great time playing with the April Studio Calico kit, City of Lights, and wanted to share my sneaks.
This one uses the Main Kit only. Well that, and an old photo alongside a current one that Mike actually remembered existed. It's always fun to me to be able to use old paired with new...I like documenting the transitions that happen in our lives. This is the first of two that demonstrate MAD LOVE for my Cameo + the Vellum that comes in the Versailles add-on. Added some stitching with my machine after laying it down. ;)
Confession: I went kind of crazy taking out some stress with my Fiskars Craft Knife (best $5 tool around) + the mask in the Louvre add-on. It was cathartic, lol. Lucky for me, it turned out kind of cool...
This last one is the 2nd one showing the Cameo + vellum love. I cut a Polaroid frame with it, and welded a shape into the top right corner that you can't quite see in this pic. ;)
FYI: I am in LOVE with the yellow chevron washi tape by Bella Blvd. that is in the Montmartre add-on. And, it's one of TWO washi tapes by Bella included in the add-on...WIN WIN!!
enjoy the rest of your weekend!!