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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.

02/06/2014

Transform your favourite embellishment.

I’m sure that sometimes most of you have such thoughts: ‚Wish I that this embellishment was white not pink’ or ‚Oh my, these letters would be perfect – but this gold glitter?!’ Well I had such situation during my work with ‚Hello, hello’ kits. In the ‚Bonjour’ add-on there were one of my favourite phrases by Heidi Swapp, in silver, silver glitter – it’s not ‚my thing’ if you know what I mean. Anyway, I knew that I adore those stickers so I decided to upcycling them using emboss technique.

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I had no idea how embossing powder will be working with glitter surface on such tiny area, but I had to try! I took a special clear embossing ink and I covered whole glitter phrase. Next I sprinkled some Opaque White ZINK embossing powder on it…

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I forgot that the foil around the letters will be also covered by the powder. Anyway I took my ZAP heat gun and embossed whole area.

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Next I took a craft knife and started to rab the foil just next to the letters. It took a while but I still think that it was worth the effect I get.

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I was satisfied when I saw the white, embossed effect :) finally one of my favourite embellishment suit to the project. I was happy! and I started to composing other things on my layout.

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Of course I couldn’t miss the watercolour areas. I was painted the top of the page using transparent watercolour papers and blending them with the background. This is always my favourite part!

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Next step was stamping. I adore mixing various techniques – embossing, layering, painting and stamping – everything what I need in my work on one layout! It was fun! Besides – I was using beloved Color Theory ink pads, yay!

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I collected few favourite stamp words on the acrylic block becasue I want to be sure that all of them will stamp in a perfect rows (well, I am not that perfectionist, but I like to have an order on my project; you have to believe me, that all around me there is always a huge mess during my work).

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This is the final effect, I hope you like the idea of changing embellishments :) For me colour is one of the most imporant things in composition, so that’s why I was so happy when I realized that embossing is working with glitter. Hope you will use these trick when you will need it.

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I have one more info for you today – I have an honour to be a guest instagrammer at Studio Calico this week! Please check out SC profile to know something more about my creative space and process! See you there from Monday till Friday!

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27/05/2014

‚Hello, hello’ reveal!!!

Hello, ciao, hola, bonjour!!! :) This is the reveal day at Studio Calico – one of our favourites day durign whole month. Did I mention that this month’s kits  are devine?! Everything inside reminds me summer days at the beach, wind in my hair, salt with sand on my feet… oh my! summer is so close and thanks to the Hello, hello supplies I felt this mood a little bit earlier this year :)

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Non -subbers info: main kits and add-on kits are available for purchase at 12:00 am EST on 05/28/2014.
Remember, the links to purchase the Scrapbook, Card, or Project Life kits will not work until this time.
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These few hours before the official reveal (the pre-sale for subbers start right now), I want to show three of my June’s projects. As usually I start from the Scrapbook Main Kit Only layouts.

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I had a lot of fun creating this project. I used a lot of various media in yellow-orange-pink palette and some fancy supplies with an awesome ‚June’/calendar mask which is a part of a scrapbook main kit.

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Talking about the inspiring combo for this month – I prepared something for you! I grab few of my favourites supplies from the shop in this palette and I created a goodie-mood board. I used most of these mediums during my work with Hello, hello‚ kits and I find this colours best for June’s kits. If you are already a Studio Calico subber you know, that you can combine your orders from 27th of every month for a whole week! This way you save your money becasue you pay the shipping costs only one! I think it’s cool and it’s a great bonus for people who are subbers :)

JUNE must haves

ZINK embossing powders, Mister Huey’s mists, Color Theory ink pads and ZAP heat gun.

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fun in Prague

This layout is something completely different – it is placed somewhere far, far away from the happy , summer palette. I stuck here in the spring mood, took this peachy pink colour from the part of John’s Lennon’s wall which we visited during our travel to Prague at the begining of April and mixed it with green shade from the main kit. I used transparent alpha from the kit as a stencil and I draw these letters using precision pen and Neocolor II crayons.

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This work – when I finished it I finally had time to look at the Studio Calico gallery and than I realized that this work is as oryginal as vintage Santa Claus in a Coca-Cola’s advertisment for Christmas… yep… I realized that whole gallery is full of painted stripes like these :) poor me! I was so happy that I found an inspiration in those stripes from the blouse on the picture! That I found a good way to present these exclusive, awesome Color Theory acrylic paint from the main kit! Well – it happens, sometimes… I embossed ‚hello’ wood veneer using white ZINK embossing powder and… I saw simmilar projects in the gallery, already posted. Crap! Anyway – I added lots of stamps from scrapbook add-ons: ‚Hola‚, ‚Ni hao‚ and ‚Bonjour‚. To stamp some of them (from the ‚Hooray’ set) I used Color Theory inks in various shades.

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my favourite embellish scrapbook add-on this month – Bonjour – all of these supplies inspired me so much!

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Of course you can spy my favourites digital supplies on my projects – this month I chose LABELS designed by Marcy and Hello, hello’ printables designed by Gerlyn :)

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I think that I finally should buy my own CAMEO becasue girls design more and more fabulous cut files! and of course digital templates – you should check them out! Good news is that subscribers get 10% off all digital shop items and rewards members enjoy 25% off all digital shop items.

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And there is also LAST MINUTE special offer for subscribers - 50%OFF – Color Theory mini Alphas (oh how I love them! I have every colour!) – only NOW!!! Promo code is CTALPHA!!!

18/03/2014

Mixed Media Class :: finally!

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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!

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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!

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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 :).

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SPECIAL 24 HOURS ONLY OFFER

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

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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.

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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!

28/02/2014

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).

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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?

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

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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 :)

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

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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?!

27/02/2014

‚Office Hours’ :: reveal

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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!

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

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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.

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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).

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

TO DO, ROLODEX and COFFEE BREAK.

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‚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!

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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.

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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.\
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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!
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There NEW exclusive craft dies in SC shop which are available from NOW! :) Which of them are your favourite?
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Happy shopping everybody and really yummy Fat Thursday!!!
26/02/2014

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:

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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!)

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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:

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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.

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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?!

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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:

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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) :)

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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!!!

27/01/2014

‚Sugar Rush’ reveal!!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 :)

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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.

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

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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 :)

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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!

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yellow

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 :/

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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 ).

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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

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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<<<
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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!
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Don’t forget about our fabulous digital items! Printables, cut files and templates!!! I use them a lot month by moth!
24/01/2014

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…

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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).

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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.

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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

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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).

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

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

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

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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) :)

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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!

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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.

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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! :)

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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.

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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.

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

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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!!!

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

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

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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.

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

03/01/2014

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!

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

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

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