Archiwum dla ‘Bez kategorii’


Mixed Media Class :: finally!


Hi!!! I think that it’s a good news for all of you who can’t meet me in person during classes – Studio Calico give you such opportunity! During MIXED MEDIA CLASS  Celine Navarro and I will share our mixed-media knowledge, tips, tricks and – our hearts :) We will show you how to add a personal touch to the layout backgrounds using lots of various techniques and new media!

MixedMedia Class SC

Bring out your inner artist this spring with us! Spend five weeks exploring twenty new and inventive ways to add colour and texture to any paper project! We grab a remarkable group of contributors here! I am thrilled to be joining:

Dana Fleckenstein,  Jen Kinkade,  Jill Sprott, Kim Stewart,  Lisa Spangler,  Loredana Bucaria,  Mel Blackburn,  Natalie Elphinstone,  Shanna Noel,  Pam Garrison and Wendy Morris!!!

Cost of the class : $19 only! And rewards subscribers get 25% off, subscribers get 10% off!

+     +      +

What you can expect  -  I will present you five step by step tutorials where I will be showing you such techniques like: mixing various watercolour media (like Mister Huey’s Watercolour Set, Peerless Watercolour Papers, Mister Huey’s Mists, Faber-Castell gelatos, Neocolors woodless crayons – yep, this is something new and something what you will LOVE!), then I will be mixing these watercolour media with techniques like: letterpress, modeling paste, embossing and gesso factures. I will introduce you to the beautiful, dreamy world of watercolour colouds :) Be prepared for some fabulous, artsy and creative five spring weeks! The class will start at the first day of April (and it’s not a joke :).

+     +     +


Take 10% off class supplies when enrolling in Mixed Media!


To take advantage of this offer, put the Mixed Media class in your cart, and then shop for your class supplies >>>HERE<<<. Enter the code MIXED10 at checkout to receive 10% off class supplies.

Not valid on previous purchases. The Mixed Media class must be in your cart along with class supplies in order for promo code to apply correctly. Must enter code at checkout. Refunds will not be issued for misused or non-entered codes. Offer expires at 3/19/2014 at noon EST.

mixed-media watercolours

These are my favourites watercolour media I used in my step by step tutorials for MIXED MEDIA CLASS. If you want to buy them NOW (during 24h from this moment), you will get 10% off the price!

1. Mister Huey’s Watercolour Set (they are back in stock now!)

2. Faber-Castell Gel Medium – Semi-gloss translucent Gel Medium is ideal for extending color, adding sheen, adhering collage pieces and creating great texture and dimension as it holds it form while drying.

3. Faber-Castell Gelatos (they are sell in whole sets – and I think it’s best idea to buy whole range of colours becasue you will love them!)

4. Peerless Watercolour Papers (whole range of fantastic vibrant shades specially for those of you who don;t have a lot of space )

5. Neocolor II :: woodless crayons (sold separately). I copy you the official information about them: The quality of Neocolor II Aquarelle Artists’ Crayons is universally acknowledged. Their excellent lightfastness, high pigment concentration, and adaptability to a variety of techniques have put them in a class of their own. Neocolor II Crayons are softer than colored pencils, denser than children’s wax crayons, and extremely responsive to a wet brush. Wet and dry techniques can be combined in the same drawing. Because of their strong pigmentation, light colors cover dark colors and vice-versa. Neocolors are soft enough to smudge with your fingertips, yet much firmer than oil pastels. Scrape off one or more layers of color to create an engraved sgraffito effect. Best of all, they’re watersoluble.
In a few, simple words – these are my favourites. My one and only. Adn I have a whole range of colours which you can find in SC shop :)

You find more NEW items in the shop like big and small brayers, modeling paste and more!!! I chose only few favourites but maybe you will need different things. Just check out the latest uploads >>>HERE<<<.

Want to see more sneaks? Follow me on Instagram. I’ll try to get a few more up here before the end of the month too. Let me know if you have any questions and I really hope to see you in April!


BBB :: bonus bluish bbb…

Reveal day has come and gone but there’s still plenty goodies in the shop along with some BRAND NEW items. Did you score everything you hoped at the March reveal? These kits were full of my favourites goodies and I’d love for you to have an opportunity to play with them as well. It’s those tiny things that get me so excited each month when my box arriving on my doorstep :)

Today I share with you my bonus project made with ‘Office Hours’ blues and one card from my printable journal cards set (I mentioned about them in THIS POST just before the reveal).

life goes on

I know, this is sooooooo BLUish! I know! But I found an excuse in this photo… it’s also bluish, so… is it enough to won’t be judge?

life goes 1

If you are interested in download these watercolour freebies just click >>> HERE <<<.

+     +     +

And one more BLUE layout made with ‘Office Hours’ scrapbook kits. I forgot to publish it last time, but now it suits perfect to my today’s post :)

kid you will move mountains

+     +     +

I’ve already receive the project from one of my friends – Monika – who used the same blue card in her PL spread!

zdjecie 5

I am so excited that you like my printables! Now i know that it was a fun idea and I promise you that I will be preparing such surprises more often – deal?!


‘Office Hours’ :: reveal


I had been playing with my ‘Office Hours’ kits since they arrived on my doorstep and I must say… they’re kinda awesome. A perfect colour scheme. This is exactly what I need to get out of this winter mood. I needed a punch of vibrant shades like this amazing green in various hues – so… vernal!


OK starting from the [main kit only] projects, the first one (and probably my favourite this month):


I mixed few different techniques here: embossing, stamping, watercolouring. I cuted out the flowers and use my own way of scripted – made with my latest favourite tool – nib. I was so scared when I started playing with this palette, I felt uncomfortable and doubfully amoung those green mixed in a huge contrast with reds… but finally when I finished I was satisfied with the results.

Be frelessly authentic

Next layout made only with the main Scrapbook kit… okkkk… it was very dangerous experiment. I used a photo ful of vibrant colours, huge contrasts, with my beloved roommate on it… and I added flowers to that. You have to admit that it was risky (I won’t mention about the gold elements from the paper and vibrant green foam letters).  I have to say that this is not my ‘best project ever’, but believe me, this is not that bad as it could be. The effect is good enough to won’t be ashame (I hope so).

+     +     +


Now next projects made with ‘Office Hours‘ kit mix with this month’s add-ons:


hello Batman

‘I’m not saying… I’m Batman, I’m just saying no one has ever seen me and Batman in a room together’ …should I said something more? :) I LOVE this wooden paper with little ‘+’! This is so… warm! and gold hues suit perfect to it!

waiting for spring

The meaning of this project is: ‘While waiting for Spring…’ This time I definitely lost my sense of harmony and I entered at an inconvenient way of dangerous combinations of colours… and this is the result – it’s not a defeat but I find it ‘cheaper’ than my other works. It was not my day for sure – sorry. I had been struggling with this ‘cloud’ paper since I opened the box and now I would like to blame this pattern for this disappointing effect – can I?! Please… at least until I will visit our Creative Team gallery and see how fabulous things my friends done with this piece of dreamy paper.

+     +     +

Main kits and add-on kits are available for purchase at 12:00 am EST on 02/28/2014.
Remember, the links to purchase the Scrapbook, Card, or Project Life kits will not work until this time.\
+     +     +
And now something for a desert – digitals! I am super excited that I can announce you my very first digital templates design in collaboration with Catherine Davis for Studio Calico! It’s official and it makes my happy and proud. I can’t wait to see your digi creations in the SC gallery!
+     +     +
There NEW exclusive craft dies in SC shop which are available from NOW! :) Which of them are your favourite?
March dies
THUMBS UP                         NUMBER GEOTAGS                        INSTA HAPPY
+     +     +
Happy shopping everybody and really yummy Fat Thursday!!!

Printable present for you.

I prepraed a printable present for you which is related to the Studio Calico march kits! The colours in ‘Office Hours‘ have stolen my heart, especially the green and blue combo which is probably one of my favourites. I decided to create few journal cards for you, using my watercolour skills. I know that almost all of you love watercolours, so I thought that such little gift just before the reveal would be a nice idea (am I right? please let me know am I right!). This is the photo of my tiny gift:

AM printable cards

I had so much fun creating them! If you want to download them (for personal use only) you just have to click>>> HERE<<<. I hope you will have a lot of fun with these cards. Remember – you can use them in various ways. They can be the perfect addition to your layouts, Project Life® spreads, cards (I mean, is there ever too much PL® cards?! Nope, I didn’t think so either) or any other project really… need I say more?

I’m not good at writing, so it will be better to share the first layout I made using my printable items (in the upcoming days I will publish more projects, also PL® spreads – not mine – so stay tuned, I won’t leave you without an inspiration!)

It's because of you

I decided to stuck in a pastel palette. The shades suit to the ‘Office Hours’ kits but I chose only the most subtle combinations. On this page I used only green cards, one of them was embellished with a brad and letter stickers:

it's 3

All of these embellishments and letters are coming from the previous Studio Calico kits or they are available in the shop, amoung the items from the latest Studio Calico lines: ESSENTIALS, LEMON LUSH and COLOR THEORY.

it's 4

it's 1

Are you going to make anything with my journal cards? If yes, please share your ideas with me and link your project in the comments below! I will enjoy EVERY SINGLE creation. So, what do you say, are you IN?!

+     +     +

It’s almost reveal over at Studio Calico so that means I can start shopping!!! This is an amazing opportunity to minimalize the shipping costs. As an international member I have to care about that and I am so grateful that I can combine my shopping with kits 12 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 :)

I prepared a subjective list of my favourites items from the SC shop which I find perfect to work with ‘Office Hours’ kits. Be sure to put them into your bascket before the reveal to make sure that you will get your favourite goodies before they will be sell out! I picked up these ,which I used during my latest work or which I find great especially for the March kits combo:


1. brand NEW Mr. Huey’s watercolour set – I love it! These watercolours are perfect for crafting. The colour is not such transparent as usually in a professional watercolour media but thanks to this it’s more useful for scrapbooking. The colours are nice and vibrant.

2.Transparent Watercolour Papers – these are my totally favourite. I could use them all the time. If someone would ask me, if I could only choose one watercolour media and use them to the end of my life – I would say: ‘I choose Peerless Watercolour Papers’.

3. Whole range of Color Theory items – especially in blue and green shades. All depends on you. You can choose: die inks, buttons, sequins, enamel dots, alphabets, papers – or you can buy ALL of them at once :)

4. Essentials stars & other details – I am in love in details! I always feel that I need all of them, in every colour (not brown, I hate this colour). You can choose which of them are your favourites: stars, geotags, enamel dots, clips, alphabets, fancy hearts or tiny cameras.

5. and ‘must have’ tool – great, professional scissors. This time I chose Non Stick Snips by Tim Holtz. They are perfect – especially when you have to cut those little flowers…

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) :)

+     +     +

So, coming back to the poit of this post. I hope you like my little [download] gift. I would love for you to stop by and check it out :)

Thank you guys!

printable cards by Anna-Maria

Enjoy and see you tomorrow at the pre-sale!!!


‘Sugar Rush’ reveal!!!


Don’t kid ourselves, February is not the prettiest month in a year… I don’t like it at all, but… Studio Calico February kits will make this month a special time! Sugar Rush kits are one of my favourites ever! There are so many beautiful pattern papers great for the LO background and to embellish the page, some of them are coming form he latest SC lines like ‘Lemon Lush‘, ‘Essentials‘ and ‘Wanderlust‘. Embellishments are soooooo delicious! I can’t wait, I have to share with you my projects. At the begining – tow main kit only layouts.

early days funny faces

I printed some of my favourites photos from the early days of my son’s life. At these photos above Jaś was only two week old (or even less). I compose two of them with the scraps of various pattern papers and exclusive kraft tags. I added pieces of sunburst washi tape and of course – my very favourite – printable labels and other designs.


When I combined then all together in a few layers I spread a little bit of gesso here and there on the paper (it was not a custom cardstock or watercolour paper, but B side of one of the patterned papers fom the min kit) and after everything was dry I started to paint watercolour ‘clouds’ and tiny, red flowers.


The inspiration came from the bedroom linen which were full of such lovely flowers. I used some stamps as well. I multiple the circles (use only first two circles from the whole stamp) and between them I made stiching ‘x’  – this is how I get those ‘xoxo’ words.

+     +     +


I am in love with various shades of pink this month. I like to mix it with red and white… If you want to enrich your drawer with more PINK goodies click the photo above! I hope you will find something interesting. I already click ‘notify me’ button for a few times. I just feel that I need some of these pink beauties from ‘Essentials’ lines and not only.

+     +     +

smiles begin with you

The second Main Kit Only layout is totally different. The composition is much easier and there one, main element one this project – brush scripted ‘you & me’ words. February will be the month of Life|Scripted classes prepared by Kal Barteski. I adore her amazing style and I was so curious is it possible for me to compose such strong, bold element into my page. Well – I tried and I think thae result is not that bad :) It’s not perfect at all, I think we will all need a lot of practice to use these bamboo brushes and black paints to get simmilar effects to Kal (and probably we will never catch up the ‘top of this mountaint’), but it’s really great fun and one more, interesting techinique which can enrigh out scrapbooking projects. You still have two days to sign in to this class so… think about it :)


Even if the title is really bold and huge it was still empty on my page. I was so tired and had no idea what to add to this project. Then my son remind me that one day I let him add some scribbles – the effect was amazing (I love this layout till nowadays), so I didn’t think much. I gave him a pencil, I took the second one and we started to draw funny doodles all over the main element.

+     +     +

Kal Barteski

If you want to join us at the Life|Scripted classes by Kal Barteski and SC contributors please click the image above.

+     +     +

be brave

This page was inspired by few things: lemons (they are coming from ‘Lemon Lush‘ line and amazing, totally FREE printables!) and this lovely stamp from one of the add-ons: ‘When life gives you lemons‘. Well – when I saw these everything was clear for me. The title had to be: ‘Be Brave’, becasue you know – then life really gives you lemons you have two options: you can get depressed or handle it and be brave! I chose the second option because it’s more optimistic :)

be brave4

I was so in love with all gold details in the scrapbook kit and add-ons! Especially in those gold-foil leaves… I found few places to stick amaizing gold pressed vellum and adorable stars from ‘Essentials’ line. And those gold foil ‘Lemon Lush‘ letters?! OMG! They are so inspiring!

+     +     +


If you are in love in YELLOW as much as I am I encourage you to visite this place to find more yellow beauties!!! Bring more sun into your projects! I definitely NEED more sun, I hate this winter, snowless weather now :/

+     +     +

be cool

And my last ‘Sugar Rush’ layout for today – ‘Be cOOl’ :) Ultra feminine, clear in colour but bold in the contrasts. Simple composition let me leave this page as clear as it possible. It’s not often happen to me to leave the project without watercolour areas (well – I made a few tine splashes, but it doeasn’t count ).

be cool1

I hope you like the projects and that you are ready to buy your own choices! These are the kits I used to complete my works.

SUGAR RUSH Scrapbook Main Kit

+    +    +


Main kits and add-on kits are available for purchase at 12:00 am EST on 01/28/2014.
Remember, the links to purchase the Scrapbook, Card, or Project Life kits will not work until this time.
If you are not only a layout maker you will be probably interested in other Sugar Rush kits. All of them (Project Life and Card) you will find >>>HERE<<<
+       +       +
This is a sneak peek of my NEW craft project made with Lindsey Letters Letterpress plates & Craft Die set which is one of the whole range of NEW PRODUCTS in Studio Calico shop. Remember that usually new products just dissapear from the shop so if you really want to buy any of them, you should make it immediately – just saying. In a few days I am going to publish my DIY tutorial how to create a B-day Calendar using Lindsey Letters Monograms so stay tuned!
There are also few die-cuts in the shop which won’t stay there forever: Arrows Card craft-die, Round Confetti and Icon Geotags craft-die!!! I’ve already bought mine :) Now it’s your turn!
+     +     +
Don’t forget about our fabulous digital items! Printables, cut files and templates!!! I use them a lot month by moth!

When life bring you… embossing powder :)

It will be my first project where I used embossing technique. I was introduce to this topic many years ago and never tried. Why?! oh why I was waiting for so long to try?!! OK – this afternoon I decided to try to mix my favourite watercolour technique with the new one (new for me) – hot embossing. I prepared a step by step tutorial how I was working with these media. I had so much fun! Let’s start…


First of all I create a simple base of the project using new Studio Calico lines: ‘Lemon Lush‘ and ‘Wanderlust‘ (if you can’t find them in the shop, be sure to click a ‘notify me‘ button to be sure, that you will be inform when they will be in stock).


I collected some acrylic stamps which are coming from the older Studio Calico kits, clear embossing ink pad, white ZING embossing powder, Peerless Watercolour Papers , Ecolines and other ‘must have’ supplies.


I combined a half of the layout and the second part will be the topic of my today’s tutorial. I chose a few stamps in floral and flower shapes and created a simple composition with them – just next to the edge of the layered papers


I sticked them to the small acrylic block and than I stamped them using clear embossing ink (it was not very easy to find the shapes becasue they were really invisible).


Then I covered these invisible stamped shapes with a white embossing powder…


Next I took out the excess of the powder (I put it back to the jar)…


And I got such result (I hope it’s visible enough on the picture)…


I used a heat gun to make the marks pemanent and waterproof (yes, I know that all of you already know how to emboss, but there are some people like me who don;t know a lot about this technique) :)


I added more stamps, more leaves and flowers and repeated the pattern. It was the end of embossed part :) I had a lot fun making this! and I’m sure I will use it once again and again in my other projects!


Now – the funny part – watercolouring! I was showing and writting step by step instructions about how to use watercolour many times – so this time I will leave these pictures without any comment. If you have any questions you can ask me in the comments below.


I used Peerless Wartercolours Transparent Papers and liquid inks – Ecolines. This time I mixed more colours than usually… You can find here green, blue, yellow, orange, pink… Yep, I made a kind of mess this time and I really love it! It’s so refreshing! :)


When paitnted part was completely dry I made some random floral stamps  using various colours of chalk inks – just to add a kind of dimmension to this part. And it was the end of my work. Super fun, not super easy, but I’m sure that everybody can try to do something simmilar.

sweet as s'mores

I hope you will find a while during the upcoming weekend to try this mixed-media technique. I hope you will enjoy playing with these fabulous things as much as I had.

sweet detail1

If you want to see more close-ups please move to my gallery at Studio Calico >>> HERE.

+     +     +

And my last news just before the end of this week. New supplies will appear in a few days in the Studio Calico shop. I’ve had an opportunity to work with some of them earlier… I prepared next step by step tutorial with these brand new

Lindsey Letter Letterpress Plate & Craft Die set :: Monogram Alpha

I won’t tell you now what it will be, but I just mention that you should be prepared for the shopping!!!

monogram detail

It’s just a sneak peek… don’t miss this up!

+     +     +

And now something for the whole season, great surprise from Studio Calico fo all mini-book lovers!!!


Little Books, BIG inspiration – times 4! Purchase the Mini Book Bundle for $32 – a 20% savings!

Purchasing the Mini Book Bundle enrolls you in all four of our 2014 Mini Workshops. A new mini workshop will be available each season from our expert line up of teachers – Nicole Reaves, Maggie Holmes, Marcy Penner and Céline Navarro. Each teacher will be showing you how to create a unique mini book through detailed PDFs and videos.

This bundle offer is available with early bird pricing from 1/24/2014 through 1/31/2014.


+     +     +

Have an amazing weekend everybody!!! We will meet at reveal night! yay! kisses :)))


New Year :: giveaway!!!

I have something special for you at the begining of 2o14! I am organizing a ‘New Year’ giveaway on my Instagram! You can win a lot of things from Studio Calico ‘Copper Mountain’ January kits  a lot of papers and some other stuff!


All you have to do is follow me on Instagram >>> HERE <<<, publish this photo, tag me and tag one of your friends!!!


You can do this during the whole weekend. At the end of January the 6th I will choose one lucky winner!


:: 2o14 ::

tumblr_mjih5newlF1s84cdyo1_1280 kopia


Letterpress magic…

I would like to take you a while and write a few words about letterpress technique which is one of my favourites lately. As you probably noticed a few months ago Studio Calico started to sell fabulous, new designs of plates to create spectacular letterpress prints. This month letterpress is coming back to the shop with some new things!

Letterpress poster

[inspired by Tom Eckersley LCP Exhibition poster]

Above you can see one two of my favourites plates – the ‘old’ one Constelation (my students looooove this plate so much when we are making letterpress prints during classes) and the newest one – Woodgrain (I am going to use them in Paris and Barcelona!)

letterpress platesYou have a huge range of plates to choose and of course you can also find some dies as well!!! These florish ones are my favourite! If you are waiting for the specific plate which is not available right now – I have some great news for you. The letterpress plate will be restock soon!

+   +   +

So once again – what you will need to start creating letterpress prints. One cutting machine (Big Shot, Cuttlebug, Vagabond or other), letterpress bundle, favourite colours of  letterpress inks or – whole ink bundle! When you have all the basics you can purchase some extra supplies. And coe back for favourite plates and dies… this is the begining of your collection!

+   +   +

be a star 1

These are the most popular questions you ask me. Here are the answers:

1. Is letterpress ink is a special kind of ink?
YES, this is a special printing ink in differents colours. Usually professional printing inks are sell in huge mugs in a few primary colours. Letterpress ink are the best option becasue you can buy lots of colours and don’t spend a lot of money. They are very efficient.

2. Can I use different kind of inks to make a letterpress print?
YES you can, you can use a custom stamp ink pads, but the colour won’t be very vibrant and usually it’s not waterproof (and letterpress kind of ink IS waterproof that’s why you can mix this technique with f.e. watercolours).

3. How to get a ‘deeper’ effect of my print?
You just have to add an extra layer under your background paper. Or use smoother kind of paper or cardboard.

4. How many times I have to roll the print in the machine?
It depends – I usually make it for four times (two times in both directions).

5. How to clean the plates?
I always use wet wipes (the special ones from letterpress or just custom baby wipes without smoothing balm). Sometimes I also brush my plates using soap and water.

If you have any other question please ask – I will give you the answers in the comments.

+   +   +

I take the advantage of the opportunity and invite the Spanish girls for my March classes in Barcelona, where I will be teaching two different mini album classes with watercolour and letterpress techiniques. The event is organize by lidia from CONESA scrap. I will write you more details soon.

conesa BCN


Under the mistletoe.

Hi, last Friday October Afternoon published  my last guest post. It was an  amazing month and I would like to thank you – October Afternoon – for inviting me yo work with ‘Silent Night’ collection.


For today I prepared a special project in a not-very-traditional-christmassy palette. I mixed pale pink with this amazing green shade – both you can find in the ‘Silent Night’ line. If you already noticed, I used the watercolour technique and layering from my previous Friday’s posts. What I added here is multiple stamping.


I took a mistletoe cling stamp and, when my sprinklers base was totally dry, I stareted to stamp using a few shades of chalk inks to create an interesting background – a kind of ornament. The effect is so subtle so you have to look at this project very carefully to notice that there is something :)


I was in love with this chipboard mistletoe (in the original it was held by a mouse, but I cut it out) and it was my main inspiration to create this layout.

I hope you had a great time with me in November. I wish I gave you some inspiration for the upcoming Christmas season to create some lovely layouts with your family photos. I hope I can come back here one day with some new inspiration and techniques which I can share with you – of course with October Afternoon papers and supplies which inspire me so much.


And of course I just HAVE TO remind you about our Polish December inspirational blog – ‘Grudzień Codziennie‘ – where you will find daily christmas ideas from our talented ladies! Thank you, and have a nice second part of the week everybody!


Otrzymuj każdy nowy wpis na swoją skrzynkę e-mail.

Join 28 036 other followers

%d bloggers like this: