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17/09/2014

‚Underground’ sneaks!

We are oficically welcome fall with October ‚Underground’ Studio Calico kits. This is serious – I stuck among  the autumnal photographs I made previous years. I had to use something old because in Poland we still have a summer weather and I really wanted to create something seasonal this time.

Starting with my monthly subjective mood board (once again – all the pictures are coming from my Pinterest boards).

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I felt so inspired by these autumn colours that my wish was to create something with lots of fall leaves, gold and dark green shades… it’s only few days till reveal so I won;t be writing a lot about it now. I just past few sneaks – all of them are in the autumn mood, but I also made something typical summerish.

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If you are interested in other sneaks peek photos check out THIS POST at the Studio Calico message board. I will be updating it in a few days with various close-ups.

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One more thing – this month’s exclusive offer for SC subscribers is really fab! I’ve already preordered these transparent cards and waiting for them impantiently :)

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Clearly, this is just what you’ve been looking for. We all need is a little more adventure in our lives, and this paper pad full of bright gold and bold white graphics on transparent sheets suits our fancy. The beautiful, large gold and white lettering paired with unique contrasting graphic designs in this Clearly Awesome Transparency Pad make for the perfect combination, and its 4×6″ size makes it a worthwhile choice for most any project. We hope you agree that it’s the obvious choice to add that extra touch of luxury to your projects. Craft in style. And stay golden.

05/09/2014

‚Suit & Tie’ mini album.

It was a super-duper night and awesome day spent at the seaside in August. Me, my hubby and our two friends were visiting our favourites Polish cities, ate a delicious lunch at the beach but what is the most important, the aim  our trip was AMAZING Justin Timberlake’s and The Teneessee Kids’s concert at the one of the most beautiful Polish stadium in Gdańsk. I took lots of pictures during whole day (from early, wake-up hours will late night at the concert), and I decided to create an album with them.

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From the very begining of my work I knew, that I would like to keep this project in black & white [suit & tie ] mood, it was so obvious to me regarding the set design and graphic design of this World Tour. The idea was great, I had a bunch of photos and great memories, inspiration was boiled inside me and… I bought this sweet 4×4 mini album at SC shop! There was one more thing which forced me to try to keep these special memories in the album – earlier last month I signed up for Marcy’s ‚MINI BOOK’ class, so I was sure that even if my creative mood will gone, I will find an inspiration in her pdf’s. When you enroll to the SC class you usually get an exclusive digital set and I have to admit, that it is one of the greatest things which I adore. Marcy’s printables were so RAD! I printed them on a vellum (as Marcy did) and I was adding them everywhere in my mini.

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All supplies I used to create this mini are coming from the previous Studio Calico kits or from the SC digital shop or were buy at the SC shop. Literally – ALL of them :)
It was a refreshing change to work with plastic pockets and ready-made cover (you all know how I hate doing covers, right?). To be honest – I can’t wait to make another Instagram book! I just have to find a good event with inspirational photos, I’m sure I will find something like that. This time I will make something in color, totally different mood… oh… if I only have enough time this weekend… Keep your fingers crossed for a creative mind and a bunch of time for me! I wish you all sunny days and big smile :D

02/09/2014

Acrylic paint for everybody.

Today I would like to introduce you to the new kind of medium available in Studio Calico shop. Since last few weeks you can enrich your creative supplies list with the lovely range of Color Theory acrylic paints. My tiny tubes are already at home and I thought that it would be nice if I will write few words about acrylic paints in general before you will start playing with them, plus – I made a quick tutorial. Here we go!

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Few basics – acrylics are water-based paints, which means taht you don’t have to use terpentine to thin the paints and clean your brushes. One big advantage of acrylics is wonderful versality. Using them you can achieve many different effects and a variety of styles. For example you can apply them either very thickly (using f.e. palette knives) or very thinly and all sort of combinations between. The consistency and texture of acrylics can be changed with acrylic medium and gel, or modelling paste and water. You can use them on various surfaces: wood, paper or canvas. Once primed up with gesso acrylics can be applied on almost any surface such as fabrics, cloths, clay, etc… These paints dry so very fast, so remember to squeeze only a small amount out of a tube at a time. Acrylic paint is PERMANENT – so please be careful and watch out on your cloths and furnitures :) Unlike a watercolour the dry paint is insoluble and can be over-painted without any concerns – that’s a good part about they permanent nature (that it can be painted over). And the last basic thing – always clean your brushes when changing to a new colour to avoid mudiness. Before you begin mixing paint, make sure you know the ins and outs of the color wheel (you can get lots of informations from Lisa’s ‚Color Studio’ classes). Knowledge of pigment blending can save you time and frustration, as well as rescue a background from unsightly mistakes.

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OK, it should be enough for the begining. I still know lots of various acrylic techniques and I hope I will be able to share them with you one day. Meanwhile I have something easy but eye-catching for all acrylic beginners (and not only) – foil layer.
Once you are not familiar with acrylic paints, you are not sure how they work and you are affraid of ruin the background paper – this method is for you.

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Start from the basic composition. Prepare the background, papers, embellishments and paints. In this technique you can paint using brushes, palette knives, finges or you can put the paint directly from the tube – like I did.

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You will need a piece of foil (it can be a recycle packaging, plastic bag or a piece of kitchen foil…). I put A5 white paper under my foil to know the area which should be covered by the paint. If everything is ready, you can start appling paint of the foil. It can be totally accidental (but rememebr what I was writting about mixing colours).

DSC05238Now take a brush, or a piece of paper or palette knive (like on the picture), and spread and blend paint a little bit. You can ‚draw’ some lines on it. it’s the easiest way to give an interesting element to this painting. You can also cover the foil with a smooth, thick surface of paint and scratch some words on it…

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While the painting on a foil is ready (remember you can’t wait to long becasue the paint will be dry), you should take a piece of paper and put your painting upside down. And now – you can make a print using your paiting. You can make it on a random piece of paper and use it later as a layer of your project, you can make a print directly on your background or just leave an excess of paint on a paper…

DSC05243I decided to make a small print and leave it for my future project. I put the foil upside down and I used a brayer to make sure that everything will transfer on a paper. I rolled my brayer over it a couple of times and peel the foil away from the surface. I was left with a print and almost dry piece of plastic bag with fabulous painting on it.

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I find this idea very comfortable for all of us. You can use a transparent layer on your project. You can place it wherever you want. There will be no dirt, no blobs of paint – for me it’s a great thing. Of course you can make the same thing directly on a background if you want. Experiment with colours and shapes is fun! Even if you don’t like what you have done it’s not a big deal. Just brush over this ‚mistake’ with gesso. I do this quite often lately :)

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Coming back to the tutorial. I put few extra layers on a foil (pale patternred paper plus vellum and another white paper). I decided to enrich this project with other techinique – you already familiar with watercolour, aren’t you. This time I was using Color Theory refillers instead of custom watercolours – they worked great!

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When watercolour part was totally dry I put it into the the letterpress station and make a ‚hello’ print using black ink (of course you can’t see this letterpress effect on the picture, but believe me it looks sooo good).

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Now it’s only few staps to the end. Stick everything together, combine the layers, add embellishments and pictures, glue the title… I used those lovely wood veneer alphabet from the ‚Whitman’ scrapbook add-on, but I coloured it using black marker.

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That’s all. It was easy, right? :) The technique is for everybody. It isn’t stressful at all. It’s quick and looks spectacular. Have fun! I am waiting for your own trials! If you have any questions please ask them in the comments below this post.

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supplie list: ‚Poet Society’ scrapbook main kit, ‚Dickinson’ and ‚Whitman’ add-ons, vellum, Color Theory acrylic paint, Color Theory refills, palette knives, letterpress ‚hello’ plate, letterpress balck ink, letterpress brayer.

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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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Dickinson                                             Alcott                                               Whitman

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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!

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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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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