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Dec 3, 2014

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Blog Hop

Hello & welcome to the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine farewell blog hop!  This is a HUGE amazing collaboration between over 200 paper crafters around the globe to celebrate & share memories of one of the biggest crafting publications in the industry.

You can find the full list of participants at the end of this post.  Just to keep you on track, you should have come from Lydia Fiedler's blog.  Your next stop will be Lea Lawson's blog.

Here is a card I made for all of the people who made up PC&S:

You might be wondering why so many people have come together to say goodbye to a magazine.  The truth is, it was never just a magazine.  Paper Crafts has meant SO much to so many.  This magazine changed the course of my life.  It inspired a hobby that lead to a profession.  It pushed me, inspired me, and encouraged me along the way.  I have made so many lasting relationships - true friendships - because of this publication.  Doors have been opened over the years & it's been a true blessing to have been a part of it.

For me, it all started in 2007 when I received an email saying that I would be published for the very first time.  You can read my original blog post here.

A few years later, this happened:
Over the years, I got the opportunity to travel across the country & meet people like this:
There are just so many memories & I'm just so thankful for the time we had.  Love you PC&S!!!

Nov 28, 2014

Studio Calico December {Park Ave} Is Here!

I'm back to share some of the projects I created using the new December kits from Studio Calico.  This release has some of the cutest things included & they were so fun to work with.

If you're looking for a quick gift, this handmade desk set might be just the trick!  I used some of the new digital stamp brushes with my Silhouette die cutter & cut out these little cuties from vinyl.
 The notebook is just a kraft Moleskin notebook that I covered with paper from the card kit & a little washi tape from my stash.  The whole project can be finished in under 15 minutes!
 This is another great last minute holiday project.  Shipping tags are a great base for dressing up any gift!  I printed this owl (made from the same digital brush set as above) onto white cardstock & used stamps from some of the new stamp sets to dress it up.  The polka-dot bags are from the card kit & really bring this packaging up to the next level.
 These next two projects were made solely from this month's card kit.  The set isn't necessarily holiday themed, but it's easily alterable to be used for many occasions.
 As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am head over heals in love with Lizzy Mackay's art.  She has stamps found in the Waldorf add-on and the Birthday Stamp set.  Here are a couple of other projects I made with her stamps:
 This card was made with the new Talk Nerdy to Me stamp set.  My husband works at an engineering school and said this stamp set would go over really well there. ;)
These are just a small peek at all of the fun new products that are now available at Studio Calico.  You can find all of the kits & add-ons here.

Happy shopping! :)

Nov 27, 2014

Don't Miss These Big Sales at Studio Calico!

I just wanted to pop in and give you a heads up on some awesome specials going on at Studio Calico this weekend!
Black Friday -
Mystery Kits and Grab Bags Sale starts Friday at 10am EST
Small Business Saturday -
Saturday Spectacular Class Sale starts Saturday at 10am EST
Cyber Monday -
Digital Shop Sale starts Monday at 10am EST

Set your alarms for 10am EST and come shop! You don't want to miss the biggest deals of the year!

Nov 26, 2014

Take a Peek at Studio Calico's December Kits!

Tomorrow is going to be a fun day filled with family, food, a thankful heart... and the reveal of Studio Calico's December Kit {Park Ave.}!  Take a peek at what's in store.  I think you're going to love what you see.  :)
As you can see in the picture above, the Park Ave. card kit comes with a lot of non-holiday products as well as some really fun holiday masking tape.  I wanted to challenge myself to use some of the non-holiday products to make Christmas cards (two down, 5 million to go...) and I loved how they turned out!

 I liked the taxi wood veneer in the kit, but I like it even more after it was altered.  I chopped off the taxi sign, colored the car red, added some enamel dots, & created a dimensional Christmas tree for the top out of cardstock.
 These buildings got all dressed up for the season.  I made some trees from patterned paper that I stamped.
 Studio Calico is introducing an amazing artist this month.  Lizzie Mackay makes the most adorable images & I had so much fun with her stamps.
 I've been sewing like crazy here at home & wanted to bring some of that to my projects this month.  I love how this stitched balloon turned out.  (Is it ok for me to say that I love my own work?  Because I do.) ;) 

I am also kind of addicted to fabric right now, especially plaid.  This bowtie below was so simple to make, but really makes this card spiffy, don't you think?
 Here's another of Lizzy's critters.  It just looks like it was meant to hold this little envelope!  Btw, this envelope was made with a new die that's part of the December release.  So cute!
So... if you have time to sneak away from your Thanksgiving dinner, come take a look at all of the new goodies that will be available at noon EST to subscribers.  And, if you're too full of stuffing to think about new kits, check back at midnight for the full reveal.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 15, 2014

Makers Gonna Make

We went from fall to winter overnight & although I dislike winter with a passion, I love the change in pace that it brings to our lives.  Cold weather makes me want to make.  It's like a fierce craving & I can't rest unless I give into it.  Of course, I love making things with paper, but while I'm waiting for my next kit to arrive, I love working with different mediums - like colorful fabrics, wool felt, and yarn.

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen peeks of some projects I've been working on lately.  I have a new niece coming soon & I've been busy making things to fill her nursery.  (I'm making a few extras too that will be in a little pop up shop soon.)
These little dolls are very time consuming, but so fun to create.  I love their Mary Jane's and their sweet faces.  Their brother is pretty cute too, if I do say so myself.  :)  I'm addicted to buffalo plaid right now & thought he needed to have a trendy flannel in this print.
I'm also making a pack of dachshunds for my shop.  These are so soft & cuddly & I think they'll look adorable tucked in a little one's bed.
My sister's baby shower was a couple of weeks ago & I was frantically crocheting up to the last minute to get her baby blanket finished.  I think my fingers are still a little numb. ;)  I used a pattern from Very Pink to make this Granny Ripple blanket.  If you're interested in learning how to crochet, I highly recommend her site.  This was my first big crochet project & her video tutorials are so helpful!
 I also made her a couple of pillows to add to her nursery.  Her husband loves owls. :)
One of my favorite bloggers, Amanda Rydell, posted pictures of these adorable house pillows that she created.  I wasn't quick enough to snag one for myself, so I decided to make my own version.

I used stamps from a Studio Calico set as a template for my embroidery.
So, what about you?  Do you get the itch to craft when the weather turns cold?

Nov 5, 2014

My Newest Online Class from Craftsy - Paper Embellishments

I'm so excited to share that my latest class Paper Embellishments {Creative Techniques, Custom Looks} is now available at Craftsy!  This class was so fun to teach & the class kit is filled with some of my favorite paper crafting supplies.  It's filled with trendy products from Crate Paper's Notes & Things collection and a versatile stitching template by Amy Tangerine.

You can watch a short video to find out more about the class here.  The class kit is on sale right now for $15.75 & you get the video lessons for free!

Paper Embellishments Kit Includes:

  • Crate Paper 6” x 6” Paper Pad (Notes & Things)
  • Crate Paper Ephemera Pack (Notes & Things)
  • Amy Tangerine Plus One Embroidery Stencil Kit (Comrade Alphabet)

In this class, I'll show you techniques for making a wide variety of embellishments.  Some of the things I cover are:
  • making embellishments from scratch
  • customizing pre-made embellishments
  • creating folded embellishments such as pinwheels, rosettes, and medallions
  • adding stitching to embellishments (both by hand & by machine)
  • tips for creating handmade gifts, home decor, scrapbook layouts, cards + more

I hope to see you in class!  :)

Oct 27, 2014

{Walden} Studio Calico's November Reveal

The November kits are now available at Studio Calico!  Here are some of the projects I made with the  Walden Card Kit:
 First of all, I LOVE the stamp set (designed by 1Canoe2) in the card kit!  It's perfect for any fall project or teacher/school themed card or layout.  The paper in this month's kit is a great mix too.  I love the plaid & script font designs!
 The kit also comes with some printed kraft labels in a variety of shapes.  I just added some of the embellishments from the kit along with some stamps & stitching to create a set of tiny frames.  The woodgrain frame was made from another piece of patterned paper from the kit.

You'll definitely want to check out the stamp add-ons for this month!  This French Fry set is just the cutest!
 If you're looking for a modern holiday stamp set, be sure to check out the Wreath stamp set:
I loved the way this card turned out & it was so simple to do!  This would be a great set to mass produce holiday cards & tags!
You can find the full November release here as well as a full gallery of ideas from the Creative Team. If you're new to Studio Calico & are interested in finding out more about subscriptions, you can find those details here.

Enjoy! :)

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