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29/08/2014

Acrylic ‚impasto’ technique.

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It’s the day after reveal, how is everyone feeling? Did you get all you want? Hope yes becasue this month’s kits are so awesome! I also added some PL add-ons to my PL subscription :) Lucky me!

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I prepared a quick ‚from start to finish’ tutorial using acrylic paints. I focused on one of the easiest acrylic techniques – impasto. In this technique you smear blobs of paint gently over the surface using palette knife. You can get a cool mix of smoothness and texture using ‚fresh’ a a little dried paint. If you don;t have a palette knives you can also use a piece of thick paper.

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First I combined the basic composition – as I always do at the begining of my creative process. Grabbed the embellishments, stamps and tools I will be using during my work (all of these things are coming from the ‚Poet Society’ scrapbook main kit).

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Next I spreaded some gesso on the background using palette knive and mixed few acrylic colours with this medium on a palette.

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I was adding other layers of paint using palette knife alternately with a dry brush. Dry brushing (it’s also well known acrylic technique) is using paint that is not watered down, but not a lot it. It’s sort of drag the paint over the textured area so you can see some of it break though. So firstly I applied gesso and pale hues of acrylics using palette knife and get the texture. Secondly I covered part of it using a brush. This is how I get this effect from the picture.

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Remember that acrylic paints dry rapidly and so you have to work fast if you want to blend the colours. Otherway – they dry fast, so you can aplly multiple layers and don;t waste a lot of time for it :)

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I started to embellish my page using various ‚Poet Society’ printables (oh, I love them all!!! designed by Marcy Penner, those from Creative Bubble and my fav – by LifeLovePaper), and other elements like rub-ons and stamps from the main scrapbook kit… lots of fancy layers here :)

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If you have any questions about this tutorial please leave a comment below this post. I will try to answer. Hope you enjoy this quick course.

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And I have one more good news for you guys. Studio Calico prepared a special promo for those of you interested in buying new Color Theory ink bundle.

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28/08/2014

Poet Society reveal.

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‚Poet Society’ stole my heart since I first saw it. I love every little piece of these scrapbook kits this month, literally every element! There are so many NEW, exclusive things! I adore the silkscreen – on, so much!

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I was using lits of Color Theory acrylic paints this month and made some tutorials with them – I will publish them later. The colours – oh, so subtle, feminine… everything is dreamy. But I lost my creativity last weeks and even if the kits are awesome – playing with them this month was so hard for me. Sorry for the results, I was doing everything I can, hope you will find something what you will enjoy

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This is my main kit only project – many various layers of patternred paper blended together, combined with gesso and acrylic paints in few hues. The second main kit only page will be published tomorrow together with a quick from start to finish tutorial.

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Now – mixed add-ons pages. This month’s kits are so rich! So many new supplies from the latest Amercian Crafts and Crate Paper collections :) It’s hard to decide what to use!

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And this silkscreen I mentioned you earlier – OMG! how easy it is to work with it! I wish all of my mask are silkscreens… I’m sure that some of the CT’s will create a tutorial with this stencil. Waiting for it impantiently. You just have to check out how many fantastic creations my girls done using it! Just look into the gallery.

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Now my favourite project – constellation paper which reminds me ‚full love’ moment during JT’s concert in Poland. It was amazing when almost 50.000 people at the stadion turned on the lights in their cell phones – like magic! I used it as a perfect, dreamy background for my photos.

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Please don;t forget about digital exclusives! As usually – printables – my fav!!! SC digital shop is full of printables, cut files, digital stamps, templates and others!!!

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And no the BOMB! New Color Theory ink pads!!! Who was waiting for these colours?!

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Color Theory – Studio Calico’s Exclusive line of premium colors now introduces 6 all new colors in the Color Theory Ink Pad line! Each hue is vibrant and modern, tailored specifically to complement your projects. With an array of beautiful colors from Well Red to Clean Slate, the Color Theory inks will bring your vision to life in true color.

Now you can grab the whole bundle with a special promo code. Take them all!

25/08/2014

Poet Society sneaks.

I know what you all thinking… but believe me, the name of the September kits were dicussed few months ago when nobody expected that the live of one of our favourites actors will die :( Studio Calico dicussed the possibility to change the names but the final decision was to stay with previous, ‚Poet society’ name. Felt it would be best to continue with the name and think of it as a tribute to him. 

September mood boardThis is my subjective mood board for September. I am so in love with it! [BTW all these pictures are coming from my Pinterest boards]. My first main kit only project is inspired by this palette and mood :) unfortunatelly I can share with you only this one sneak because I’m still working on my next pages.

DSC05144This is totally not my month if you know what I mean… The kits are just fantastic but I am soooooo lazy at the end of vacation! Uhhhhhh… Really I am fighting with myself during last week to sit down and make something… you know, something… really good to inspire you! But nope, nothing’s changes. So please keep your fingers crossed today, send me warm thoughts and maybe finally I will create something! These kits deserve best.

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Anyway – there are few good news out there. You can still sign up for a presale, vellum alphas which are this month’s exclusives for subscribers! They are already on my list, waiting to ‚come home’ :)

Sneak_Night_ItemThere are over a million colorful possibilities with these five vellum alphabets in our exclusive Color Theory colors. We took the Mint Hint when you asked for this font to return and when the option came we decided to bring these alphas into the „Lime Light”. Hurry, we don’t expect these to last long!

28/07/2014

Hiker’s mini album 4×4.

Today I publish my latest TINY book made with the latest ‚JET’ scrapbook add-on which is ONE OF THE BEST KITS EVER at Studio Calico – thanks to Marcy Penner (kisses :* ). It’s probably not available at the Studio Calico shop now, but there are some lucky people all over the world who bought it at the reveal night. Well – I have an inspiration for all of you. No matter if you grabbed that set of goodies or not – maybe you will feel inspired looking at my mini 4×4 album.

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The cover is closed thanks to the fancy Button & Tie Envelope envelope from the kit. I transformed it into the back and the front of the cover, what is (in my opinion) one of the greatest things I made lately :) ahahahahah it has a CONSTRUCTION (!!!) for me it’s a big deal because my alogical brain can’t constract anything. This is the peak of my technical capabilities – that’s why I am so proud of it. OK – the inner side part:

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Are you still here? :) great. I know – it was a lot of photos this time, sorry for that, but you have to believe me that I was resisting myself to not to add more. I have hundreds of pictures from our mountain trip and I love them all :)

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For those of you who like the look of this mini I collect a set of supplies which may help you to create something similar to this. What’s important? The size, the format, colours, craft elements (or craft colour as a part of the mini), tags and of course – overlays (transparencies) which add something unique to the project.

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What I chose.Two kinds of overlays – both from Studio Calico lines: Brighton Pier and South Market. Next thing – ink pads. I chose only two based colours from the whole range of Color Theory collection. I adore various ready-made titles, espcially those wood veneers from Brighton Pier line. Add a craft feeling to the wholeness – this set of round cork stickers will be fabulous. What I love and what I my ‚must have’ in the mini album are tags. I couldn’t resist and I add few tubes of brand new Color Theory acrylic paint – they are more than just tiny treasures, they are really good! I chose various shades of green and blue, cyan and a pop of coral colour. At the end – good news – ‚Aloha’ Stamp Set is back! It’s perfect for travel minis, so I think it’s a good place to mention about them.

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Talking about the ‚JET’ add-on we have to get back and say WHY it was created. The third MINI BOOK class from the MINI BOOK LIBRARY seria. Yes! It’s an official time to enroll to this class!!!
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This time Marcy will show you how to create a spectacular Instagram mini album! She will be using the same kit as I was (but I didn’t have few supplies from the JET set and I had no idea that there will be such fantastic printables out there! I will print them anyway, even if my mini is already finished).
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To purchase Marcy’s workshop, add this item to your cart. Or bundle and save! Get all four 2014 Mini Book Mini Workshops with one click! Purchase the Mini Book Library to enroll in all four workshops for $36 – a 10% savings!

Marcy’s workshop is enrolling through 8/31/2014 at 11:59pm EST (NOW) and all class content will be available on 8/10/2014.

27/07/2014

‚Sandlot’ reveal!

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After whole last week of sneaks and selections of my choice, new classes and upcoming european workshops, it’s time for ‚Sandlot’ reveal – finally! I wrote a lot about these kits already, what can I add? I think only my projects made with August goodies with a short description ‚how-to’.

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Traditionally starting from the scrapbook [Main Kit Only] project:

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When I saw this pink exclusive paper I knew that I should make a ‚big photo’ project this time. I printed a huge black and white photo which was made during our vacation in Tatra Mountains. We spent AMAZING time amoung the highest hills in Poland – spectacular views and unforgetable emotions. Our best vacation EVER! To the main kit goodies I added few remarkable printables designed by Tina Aszmus - my favourites this month!

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This supposed to be also a [main kit only] project but I couldn’t resist and I added few elements from the ‚JET’ scrapbook add-on (yellow trnsparent element, yellow brad). I used set of photos which I made during the meeting with Mona Gee (Polish scrapper, well known in the SC gallery). I was inspired by this fabulous ribbon by KNOT&BOW from the main kit!

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And my last page – a kind of ‚timeline’ of the hiking day. I tried to answer on your requests published at the SC message board, that you would like to see more multiple photo layouts. So I used six pictures made during the trip from ‚Wierch Poroniec’ through ‚Rusinowa Polana’ to ‚Gęsia Szyja’ hill. I used two Heidi Swapp masks here from the ‚HERCULES’ add-on, October Afternooon alphabet from the ‚JET’ add-on and I wrote a word ‚beautiful’ using a nib.

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This month’s add-on are just… how can I say that… OUTSTANDING!!! :) Please let me introduce you to those beauties:

HERCULES          JET          SMALLS

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One more project… This month, the whole Studio Calico creative team was challenged to scraplift one of the SC members. It was a crazy ride for us! We were ‚ordering’ the names from the gallery  – oh, it was a madness :) Finally I decided that I am going to scraplift an A4 page project created my Magdalena – Rockermorsan.

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Another ‚happy friendship’ project in my gallery this month! I start thinking that ‚Sandlot’ kits are just made for ‚friendly’ layouts! :) I would like to say thank you to Magdalena for letting me be inspired by her page. I am waiting for more and more of your amazing creations!

27/07/2014

Start the party before the ‚Sandlot’ reveal!

It’s almost reveal over at Studio Calico so that means – that we can start shopping!!! This is an amazing opportunity to minimalize the shipping costs. As an international subscriber I have to care about that and I am so grateful that I can combine my shopping with kits few hours before the subscriber pre-sale (or 24 hours before reveal time if you are not a subscriber). It doesn’t matter if you an international or not, this offer is great for all of us :)

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Month by month I’m preparing set of my favourite products. In August we have some fabulous stamp sets in the kits and add-ons so once again it would be nice to enrich our collection of embossing powders. As you already know this time I created few layouts and mini album as well (with amazing ‚JET’ scrapbook add-on combined by Marcy). Thinking about mini album – this set of stamps and craft dies, precision markers and tiny 4×4 album are just made for August – you will see.

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1. So first of all – We R Memory Keepers 4×4 album – it’s soooo cute and tiny! Perfect for all road travels, vacation or just to collect Instagram memories from the summer party. Absolutely ‚must have’ in my opinion. Now you can find this treasure in 5 colours at the SC shop! Don’t wait any longer!

2. Craft dies & Stamp set – TABS designed by Marcy Penner – keep tabs on your favorite projects with this Tab Stamp and Die set!!! Perfect for mini album, ideal for PL scrappers and finally – great arranger for your workspace.

3. Project Life Black journaling pens – I can’t imagine any mini book, or PL spread or even scrapbook page without a piece of journaling – these thin markers are the best. You should have such base set in your drawer, always.

4. Craft Die FRIEND – it looks awesome. That’s all :) I just feel that I need it to my mini projects and to feel the tiny WAMK 4×4 album, so I share this inspiration with you now. Decision is yours.

5. Collection of new ZINK embossing powder shades – the selection of my choice for August.

If some of these items are already ‚sold out’ (what is quite possible), remember that you can click a ‚notify me’ button to get the ASAP information when they will be restock. Another important information – if they will be restock during the first week AFTER reveal you also have a chance to combine the shippings (I love this).

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Color Theory Acrylic Paint. This is an amazing offer and now there are a $5 promo code to use at the checkout!!! I HAVE TO get them all so this bundle shopping makes me smile from ear to ear :) Remember to past this code: ACRYLIC5 at the checkout to get this $5 off the bundle. LOVE THOSE tiny acrylic tubes!!!

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Color Theory – Studio Calico’s Exclusive line of premium dye ink, now in refills. Each hue is vibrant and modern, tailored specifically to complement your projects. These ink refills may be used many different ways, as a water color technique, to apply color directly to your project or to touch up ink pads low on color.The promo code for this offer is: REFILL5 – you have to paste it at the checkout during shopping :)

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Oh! Don’t forget about ‚Sandlot’ digi files!!! There are lots of spectacular printables, cut files, digi stamps! (wow!) and many others. And they are all available right now at the SC digi shop :)

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Few times in this post I mentioned about Marcy Penner – well it will be definitely her month at Studio Calico. This amazing, inspiring and one of the kindest person in our creative team prepared for you many things – amoung them – new class WORKSPACE.

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BY ENROLLING IN THIS CLASS YOU’LL RECEIVE :

  • 8 lessons that will walk you through the process of assessing your space & storage, your stash, and how you use it so that you can organize (and maintain) your workspace in a way that works for you.
  • Bonus lessons sharing ideas for finding vintage pieces for storage, repurposed and recycled storage ideas, creating an inspiration board, starting fresh in a new space, and identifying & tackling your „hot spot” problem areas.
  • A class message board where you can interact with your teachers, and get encouragement and support from the teachers and your fellow students as you go through the process of perfecting your workspace.

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This is my ‚workspace’ – as you can see there isn’t a lot of place… this is also my badroom and dining room and I HATE that I have to clean up everything just after I finish my work. But I have no choice. I usually don’t remember where I put something what is needed immediately, to be true – there is always a ‚creative mess’ in my drawers and on the shelves. That’s why the WORKSPACE classes by Marcy is a great opportunity for me to learn how to keep these tiny stash in the proper order. If you also have such problems in your craftroom this is something for you and you can’t missed it for sure.

Workspace is enrolling now through July 31st at 11:59pm EST. It’s only few days till the end of registation! The first lesson will be posted on Monday, August 4th, and there will be a new lesson posted each Monday and Thursday in August.

24/07/2014

‚Sandlot’ sneak peeks!

Finally, I know… You were waiting for so long this month. But ot’s vacation time… I can;t believe that you are sitting at home and waiting for the sneaks, right? I am so curious what are your desitnations this year! I’m travelling a lot this summer. As you already know I was visiting the seaside and last week I came back from the mountains. In a few days I am going at the Baltic Sea once again! Lucky me :) But before my next travel I want to share few ‚Sandlot’ sneaks with you, hope you will like them.

First of all – my traditional, subjective mood board – I think that I overexposed this orange shade this time, but… in general… it looks quite good in my opinion… and it inspires me – a bit :)

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[all of these pictures are coming from my Pinterest boards]

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And now – my sneaks. If you already saw the official sneak page at Studio Calico - this might be an interesting complement to your knowledge about August kits. Starting from the main kit only close-up:

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and other details and ‚during creative process’ peeks:

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This time I preapred also something special – a mini album made with AMAZING and MY FAV. add-on this month – ‚JET’ collected by my beloved Marcy Penner :D

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It’s only three days till reveal night. We will see then at the LIVE CHAT! and after – here, on my blog, with full reveal. Have a nice days everybody!

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OMG! Last minute amazing news!!! Look what just arrrive to the SC shop!!! The whole bundle of Color Theory Acrylic paint tubes!!! How COOL is this?!!!

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24/07/2014

‚AUTOCOMPLETE’ exclusive classes in Tuscany!!!

AUTOCOMPLETE MIXED MEDIA EVENT
Are you ready to get your hands dirty? Loredana Bucaria, Celine Navarro and ME together will be happy to accommodate TQO DAYS dedicated to scrapbooking & mix media! New techniques, oh yes, because the world of the media mix has no boundaries except those of your imagination!
We will play with lots of products to learn how to use them your own way, adapting to your way of scrapbooking, nothing more beautiful is not it? Gesso, watercolors, fabric, canvas, neocolors, gel medium, gelatos, letterpress just to mention some of our playmates! Three classes full of nuances and secrets to discover and more!
A little bag full of tasty little things as gifts will wait for you, an evening crop with the three of us and so many prizes offered by our generous sponsors: Studio Calico, Sizzix, Entreartistes but not only … we can not reveal everything at once! Places are very limited so hurry up to reserve your chair in class with us! Join us!
For reservations and information please feel free to contact:
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Siete pronte a sporcarvi le mani? Lory, Cèline ed Io  insieme saranno liete di ospitare due giorni all’insegna dello scrapbooking! Ci divertiremo ad imparare nuove tecniche, eh sì perché il mondo del mix media non ha confini se non quelli della vostra fantasia! Giocheremo con tantissimi prodotti che imparerete ad usare a modo vostro, adattandoli al vostro modo di scrappare, niente di più bello no? Gesso, acquerelli, stoffa, tela, neocolors, gel medium, gelatos, letterpress solo per citare alcuni dei nostri compagni di giochi! Tre classi piene di sfumature e di segreti da svelare e non solo! Una borsina piena di cosine appetitose in regalo, crop serale con noi tre e tanti premi  generosamente offerti dai nostri sponsors: Studio Calico, Sizzix, Entreartistes ma non solo … non possiamo svelare tutto subito!! I posti sono limitatissimi per cui affrettatevi a riservare la vostra seggiolina in classe con noi!
16/07/2014

June’s reminiscences.

Yep – while waiting for the August kits I still have something made with July ‚Penny Arcade’ sets. I have nothing to share with you according to the new ‚Sandlot’ sneak peek yet (just give me a week – come on! it’s summer laziness!), but I have other layout.

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I used here embellishments and alphabets, stamps from the July kits and one of my favourites papers from ‚One Way Ticket’ designed by Polish brand Studio Tekturek. The colours are melting together in a perfect way for me.

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There is a special, limited offer at Studio Calico. For August, Kelly Purkey and Studio Calico have teamed up to bring you the Craft Die + Stamp Set of your dreams! Tell your friends they rock for adding that spring into your step and show loved ones how much you miss them when they are away. With this set, you will relish all the ways you can share your life with the ones you love!

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This exclusive offer is for subscribers only and will ship with your monthly subscription order with no additional shipping fees, no matter where you are! Available for a limited time while supplies last.

This item qualifies for free shipping on its own. The cost of the Craft Die + Stamp Set will not count towards the free shipping threshold with the other items in your cart.

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If you are not a subber yet, but you want to be a part of Studio Calico community, now there is a FABULOUS offer for you!!!

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If you will start your 12 months subscription with a kit of your choice, you will receive your first kit for FREE!!!

Remember that you have to enter code (from the picture) at the checkout. Expires 7/28/14!!!

don’t wait – click HERE and be prepared for fabulous adventure!!!

13/07/2014

Hey! New sketch challenge!

Three weeks ago I received a proposition to create a layout inspired my one of the projects created by our July guest – Emma Wood. The challenge was clear: we have a layout and a sketch inspired by this project. My work was to make a scrap using ‚Penny Arcade’ kits and THIS SKETCH. It wasn’t easy for me as you probably noticed that I am not a clean&simple kind of scrapper… This is the oryginal work made by Emma:

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There are few common elements in our projects. First of all I was inspired by this amazing woodgrain paper and wood veneer alphabet from the scrapbook min kit. I decided to stay in this wooden feeling mood in my work as well. Emma made a double A4 page, I just devided my background on almost equal parts.

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I added these amazing leaves cut files designed by Kim for July.

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My favoruite element is – of course – the wood venneer lemon which I painted using Mr. Huey’s watercolour set and used it instead of letter ‚O’ :)

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Supplies: Kits – Penny Arcade Scrapbook Kit, Fortune Teller Add-on, Spun Sugar Add-on, Skeeball Add-on, Mr. Huey’s Watercolour Set, Precision Pen 03, Color Theory Woodshop sequins, Wanderlust Lowercase Alpha Sticker Booklet, LemonLush Wood Veneer Shapes

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OK, now it’s your turn. Make a project using this sketch as a starting point, then share it in the Studio Calico gallery. Use the hashtag #SCsketch to make it easier for other members to find! Leave a link to your project by July 21st in the comments HERE to be entered to win a $5 GC to the Studio Calico Shop.

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