‚Penny Arcade’ sneak peek time!

I just came back from my short vacation and opened Studio Calico box filled with July kits! It tooks me one day to create all my ‚Penny Arcade‚ pages and it was sooooooo fun! When I saw all these goodies I couldn’t resist – I had to start. I printed my new photos from the the seaside (right – vacation were short, but I made few hundred photos there ahahha) and combine some projects. Today I want to share some of my sneaks with you.

July mood board

[all these photos ar coming from my Pinterest boards]

For a good begining – my traditional subjective mood board. Once again the main topics are: summer, vacation, outdoors, sweet colours and fresh fruits. I include some of Ashley Goldberg’s patterns in this inspirational board because in this month’s kits you will find pretty much of her designs!


This is my [main kit only] sneak made with Ashley’s designs – this is one of my favourites papers in July! If you want to know Ashley better, you can find her in many places these days. From Urban Outfitters to her shop on Etsy. Check out these places to wait even more impantiently for the kits than usually!


Penny Arcade‚ kits and add-ons are full of great embellishments. Really – this month is fullfill with fabulous stickers and exclusives. I have to mention about amazing stamps as well – btw, the world map stamp designed by Amy Tangerine is divine and so inspiring!

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Month by month during sneak night, Studio Calico prepare an exclusive, special offer for their subbscribers (I am a Project Life subscriber and I am always in love with these promotions). In July all the subbers have an opportunity to preorder this fabulous set of mini mists!


Achieve your favorite Sunkissed self when you visit Mr. Huey’s Oceanfront. The local Banana Stand carries Guacamole and Guava that are simply to die for, we promise you won’t be disappointed here!

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 mini kit will not count towards the free shipping threshold with the other items in your cart.

I already used these mists to paint and draw some fancy things on my July’s projects! I use them as a custom liquid watercolours and like vibrant inks – I love to use various nibs to draw. I encourage you to order these fabulous colours to fullfill your artistic drawer!

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Coming back to the traditional, vacation palette in marine mood – probably one of my favourites. ‚Penny Arcade’ also include some of such items! Oh my! How I love the July kits!!! I could write about them during all day! Yep, I know – it’s not the point to write about it, it’s better to make more pages ahahha, promise! I will make more than four this month! You have my word.

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Usually I prepare a set of my favourite things just before the reveal, but now I want to be sure that all of these supplies are available in Studio Calico shop. I find them so great for this month. I’m sure they will be a great addition to your July’s kits :)

July's favourites

I chose some things which I find inspiring and handy for vacation time. I was thinking about ‚Penny Arcade’ kits and travel journals – I love making mini books with my summer photos!

1. I think that these two craft dies: ‚hello‚ and ‚hooray‚ will be great for summer projects. You can cut some samples at home and take them for your travel. Great addition to the projects.

2. Fruits – of course! Summer without yummy fruits doesn’t count! South of Market Printed Chipboards are fabulous!

3. Marine trend – classy. Among Color Theory line we find lots of navy/red/white supplies. I chose marine set of Color Theory Ink Pads and set of Mini Alphas.

4. Quick Stick – this handy tool is ‚must have’ for travel! Need a tool that allows for easy handling of hard to pick up, small pieces? With the this tool use one end to poke out or place items and use the other to effortlessly pick pieces up.

5. Alpha Stamp Set – this is the latest Studio Calico BOMB! I love these letters, I love the idea of various sizes and classy fonts. Great for summer and any other season of the year (I already see my 2o14 December Daily with them!).

6. And last SC shop items from studio selections – Open Road 12×12 Chipboard shapes! Pay tribute to your favorite road trip, vacation or weekend getaway with this Open Road chipboard set! You will be inspired to explore the 66 for another weekend trip after working with this one!  – this is an official description of this product, but I totally agree with it :) My summer album will be fill with these tiny, gorgeous goodies.

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So – these are my this month’s faves and some sneaks. I will be posting other sneaks on my Instagram and at Studio Calico. See you there guys!


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.


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…


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


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).

fly a kite

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!



Studio Calico class HEAVEN!!!

OMG! I just checked Studio Calico Classroom – OMG! I’m in heaven! So many amazing classes are going to be available soon! Adn there are some amazing offer as well, so I decided to post about it as soon as possible because there is no time to wait until all these goodies will be out of stock! OK, so let’s start with these splendid ‚things’.


Learn 20 new ways to get more from your stamps with Inked 2.0! Lisa Spangler and Tina Aszmus will show you the secret of skillful stamping with a series of videos and in depth tutorials sharing their favorite techniques. Spend 4 weeks exploring twenty new and inventive ways to add unique patterns and designs to any paper project.

Inked 2.0 is enrolling now through June 30th at 11:59pm EST. Class will start on July 1st, and 1 video and 4 tutorials will be posted each Tuesday through the 22nd.


Take 10% off class supplies when enrolling in Inked 2.0!

To take advantage of this offer, put the Inked 2.0 class in your cart, and then shop for your class supplies here. Enter the code INKED10 at checkout to receive 10% off class supplies.

Not valid on previous purchases. The Inked 2.0 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 6/2/2014 at noon EST.


While supplies last, Inked 2.0 students will receive an exclusive 4x6in stamp set desgined by Life.Love.Paper. This stamp set ships free, no matter where you live. Quantities are limited, so enroll now to reserve yours! We will update this page when this stamp set is no longer available.

And look how amazing set of stamps are appeared in Studio Calico shop! I love them all – especially this remarkable alphabet! It has to be mine, now! (well – it is mine already, ha!) :)

Studio Calico stamps!

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And NOW – a bomb!!! This is something for what I was waiting for years. I still don;t have my own CAMEO becasue I was sure that my ‚computer skills’ (I don’t have them at all.. no computer skills here!) won’t let me use that magical machine. And now – there is a chance for me to try! How exciting is it?!

Join Kelly Noel for Cameo Basics. This new workshop will give you an in depth look at how Kelly incorporates her Silhouette into her creative process, and show you five fun ways for using digital die cuts and the Silhouette Studio Software to create custom titles, embellishments and backgrounds for layouts, cards and pocket pages. Special guest Natalie Elphinstone will be sharing a bonus technique using the Silhouette Sketch Pens.

Cameo Basics is enrolling now through June 30th at 11:59pm EST, and the all of the class content will be live on July 1st. For more information or to register for Cameo Basics, please click here.

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NEW TO Digital Die Cutting?

(YES! I am totally newbie in this world!)


Check out our Digital Die Cut Bundle! With this bundle, you’ll receive access to Cameo Basics AND Cutting Edge with Susan Weinroth, which originally ran in October 2013. Cutting Edge includes 4 videos, 4 step by step tutorials, and 30 exclusive projects made using a Silhouette and digital die cut files. While supplies last, students enrolling in the Digital Die Cut bundle will receive a bonus class kit originally available with our Cutting Edge class. Click here for more information or to enroll in the Digital Die Cut Bundle.


To take advantage of this offer, place Cameo Basics or the Digital Die Cut Bundle in your cart, and then shop for your class supplies here. Enter the corresponding class code at checkout to receive 10% off class supplies.

For students enrolling in Cameo Basics use code CAMEOBASIC

For students enrolling in the Digital Die Cut Bundle use code DIGITALDIECUT

Not valid on previous purchases. The Cameo Basics or the Digital Die Cut Bundle 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 6/8/2014 at noon EST.

CAMEO bundle

My choice – my CAMEO bundle for class! Keep your fingerst crossed for me!


From START to FINISH layout tutorial.

start to finish tutorial by Anna-Maria

Today I present my creative process from start to finish at Studio Calico blog! During my work I used supplies from June’s Hello, hello‚ scrapbook main kit and some of my favourite supplies from the shop.

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Where to start? – prepare a neutral base for your layout (I used Studio Calico ‚More White’ cardstock for this project) and try to combine a basic composition. Try to compose also a Calendar Mask into your project together with a photo. Prepare some labels and other printables from’ Hello, hello’ collection and two/three colours which you will be using. My choice was: yellow, orange, pink/red with a pop of creamy salmon.


When I made a decision how my basic composition will look like and where I want to place the mask I mixed two shades of Mister Huey’s mist – ‚double yellow’ and ‚canyon’ to create a suitable, delicate orange shade. When my new, self-made Mister Huey’s colour was ready I start misting the mask on the background in very gently way.


When mists were already dry, I sticked a piece of lovely yellow patterned paper and the photo (I used dimentional foams to stick the photo to the base). Next I started to paint areas next to the photo using peerless watercolour papers and Mister Huey’s watercolour set.


In my next step I added some doodles made with Neocolor II crayon – which is one of my favourite medium last weeks. They are like perfect watercolours with a pop of acrylic paint pluses. Here I used a ‚Salmon’ shade.


Now it’s time for the main point of this tutorial – rainbow stripe pattern – how I got this effect? I used a huge stipe-pattern brayer which is unapproachable now in Studio Calico shop, but I know that lots of you already bought it month ago or you have other brayer stamps at home – so you will be able to create your own rainbow pattern at home using other supplies. So, I took this brayer and covered it using all theree colours of Color Theory ink pads: yellow, orange and pink, one by one – like a rainbow. Than I applied it here and there at the background.


At the end of my work, I added some labels, stickers, printables and gems from the ‚Hello, hello’ scrapbook main kit and I wrote one of my favourites phrases using a nib and black ink.


June for me is a month when me and my fabulous hubby have anniversary, so this year it will be 8 years since our wedding and this time spent together is a pure happiness for both of us. I hope that this combo give you just a piece of my warm feelings I would like to share with you during this month.

our anniversary

Thank you so much for stopping by, thank you for visiting my blog and your constant support. See you soon with another step by step layout tutorial with ‚Hello, hello’ scrapbook kit and add-ons!


‚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 :)


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.

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.

our anniversary

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.

HELLO happy place

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.


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 :)


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.


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!!!


My love for mini albums…

I will start from the citation which I found at Shanna’s Noel’s blog. These words are everything what I would like to tell you today about my love for mini books: „Let’s face the facts. There is just something special about mini books, they are a little treasure that only we know the true value of. They are are pleasure to make and just make you feel good when you complete one and can hold it in your hand as your flip thorugh the memories. „ This is also my words, this is what I am thinking about when I write about this ‚mini feeling’.

I want to remind you (and remind to myself) some of my favurites mini book I made during last years. I hope you will find some inspiration here to create your own album.


Starting from my totally favourite – ‚HEY GIRL’ mini :) Not only the main theme is spectacular, but I am still in love in this colour combo – neutral grey background and vibrant cyan/lime green elements are at the top of my list.


This mini was made two years ago (I published it at 1/06/2o12), it’s title is ‚Louvre‚. This is a short story about my best friend and her first daughter (almost my daughter as well :) They were lived in Paris than and we spent fabulous time together walking around the city with little Basia who was only 4 months than!


And at least mini book based on the old pages from the book – ‚Hugs & Kisses‚ – with a photo series of me and my beloved Jan, made also in June 2o12.

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All of my mini books you can find at this lap >>> HERE <<<.

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If you are new to the mini books or you would like to enrich your skills or find an inspiration to create something different than so far, I recommend you new Studio Calico MINI BOOK class with Maggie Holmes (I mentioned about them few post before).


Classes has already begun, but you still have an opportunity to sign up! Maggie’s workshop is enrolling through 5/31/2014 at 11:59pm EST and class content will be available on 5/1/2014. So don’t wait to long, only few days left to the end of time. FOr more informations click HERE.


Letterpress & watercolour mini book classes :: latest spring in Paris and BCN

I was waiting for so long to publish this album – so sorry for that, I just forgot about it! I created this mini at the end of January, just before my classes in Paris (Maisons-Alfort – j’adore!!!). The main point for my students were letterpress technique and watercolour tips & tricks. Unfortunatelly these letterpress goodies are not visible on these pictures; some of the prints were ‚blind’ and really light – but they are there, belive me! :)

Anna-Maria Wolniak classes

This mini book was almost a twin sister of my previous album which you can find here >>> PURE JOY. Below I collected few pages from this project:

mini album by Anna-Maria

I would like to thank you once again my dearest sponsores: Ewa from Studio Tekturek for fabulous papers, Studio Calico for lovely embellishments and all letterpress supplies and Dominika from Scrapiniec for awesome die-cuts in many, various languages she created for my students.

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If you are new to LETTERPRESS and you would like to know the technique and all the supplies better, get to know ‚how to’, enroll in the Letterpress Bundle and you’ll receive access to Letterpress 2.0 (I will write about this class below) AND our introductory Letterpress class with Tina Aszmus from September 2013. The introductory class includes 8 full tutorials, 6 videos and 30 great projects to get you started & is available only through the bundle purchase.


If you are already introduce to the letterpress you would be interested in new LETTERPRESS 2.0 classes prepared by Geralyn Sy! This workshop will give you an in depth look at how Geralyn incorporates Letterpress into her creative process, and show you five fun techniques for printing with Studio Calico letterpress plates for your layouts, cards and pocket pages. Letterpress 2.0 is enrolling now through May 31st at 11:59pm EST, and the all of the class content will be live on June 1st.


‚Hello, hello’ sneak peek!!!

I just can’t believe that it’s time for sneak peeks again! I was off for a loooong time, but I promise you that during the upcoming month I will be here more often with new tips and some tricks.

Before I present you my own close-ups I would like to share my subjective mood board with you! For me June is a begining of vacation. This month we are usually travelling, seaside is our destination in June. Most of you probably never been at the Baltic Sea – it’s cold, right, but we have most beautiful sunsets around the whole world, promise! I collected a dreamy summer board for you this month and I hope you will feel inspired!

June mood board

[all these photos are coming from my Pinterest boards]

As you can see above ‚Hello, hello’ Studio Calico kits will be colourful! You will find lots of exclusive items – many BRAND NEW supplies among them – yep, it will be so fun! You will be diving between embellishments and pattern papers all month long! I know you can’t wait till reveal :)

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This is my little close-up on the Main Kit Only project. If you are interested in my other sneak peeks please visit my Instagram where I will be posting my favourite peeks during next two weeks.

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There is also an exclusive offer for the Studio Calico subbers! For June Studio Calico has designed an exclusive SUN KISSED mini kit guaranteed to bring the sunshine out in your day. Tag things you like or don’t like with the unique shaped paper clips, an awesome set of gold heart puffy stickers and a stamp set fitting for mother nature herself.


Not a subscriber? Join us for exclusive discounts and promotions!


‚Camelot’ treasures reveal right now…


King Arthur would be proud if he knew that he is patron of May’s Studio Calico ‚CAMELOT’ kits! This month we are moving into fairytale land of magical patterns and mixed media feeling areas. If you remember my SUBJECTIVE MOOD BOARD you will see how much I was inspired by this mozaic!


This is my main inspiration - ‚CAMELOT’ scrapbook main kit! Below you can find my two [Main Kit Only] pages;

I hope you will like them :)

pssst I love you

Above there are lots of mixed-media actions using gesso, gel medium, watercolours, neocolor crayons… all of them with tutorials full of details you can find at MIXED MEDIA classes at Studio Calico.

sneak peek

The good news is, that you can still sign in during the upcoming THREE days (till the end of April) and you will always be able to access the class material, even after the class has ended.

I had no idea how important you will be in my life

Another mixed media work – the power of colour. The main inspiration was mix of photos and this fabulous yellow paper which you can find in the scrapbook main kit, or you can buy an extra ‚More Patternred Paper’ kit to get more (BTW – this yellow paper has awesome B side with beautiful PINK) :)

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Now my other pages – I mixed here some elements of ‚Camelot’ main kit with scrapbook add-ons:

  • Guinevere - I think that this is my favourite add-on this month. I love the colours inside and various embellishments which you can find inside.
  • Excalibur - very rich kit, full of feminine add-ons. Was composed by Maggie Holmes who created an amazing mini album using these things! If you are insterested in second part of MINI BOOK classes – you will need this kit, so… you have to rush :)



  • Merlin – the second embellishment add-on in the Studio Calico family. I have three favourite things inside it – an alphabet, inspiring stamp and awesome woodgrain tape!

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And here are my add-on pgrojects :)


happiness is free

This is all I have for you today. Remember to check out Studio Calico shop becasue it’s full of new things which can be helpful – I have some favourites but I will share them with you later. Today I wish you a well spent Sunday and beautiful weather for the upcoming week :)



‚Camelot’ sneak peeks!

It’s sneak time at Studio Calico! Really – time flies. I can’t believe that it’s mid April! But it’s a happy news because… my favourite month – May – is almost here! I can’t wait for all these beautiful flowers, lovely grass, buttterflies… and May ‚Camelot’ kits! If you want to take a look at some close-ups which were prepare by my beloved friends from creative team you can move there >>> HERE <<<.


Of course I won’t leave you without any of my sneaks today, how could I! :) I am ready with my May’s projects and they are just waiting for reveal time. I will be sharing all the close-ups on my Instagram. Both of today’s sneaks are made with Main kit only elements:

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I hope you are already interested in the upcoming ‚Camelot’ kits :) I shared my subjective mood board at Studio Calico, Instagram and on my Facebook page so if you want to find my inspirations just check these photos.

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BTW – Studio Calico prepared an exclusive offer for their subbers (oh, how I love these limited editions!). This month it’s something for music lovers and Projectg Life fans – mini kit!


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.

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I have my exclusive kit already ordered and I am waiting for it impantiently! I hope you liked my sneaks and an awesome offer. Oh, once more – today we start the third week of MIXED MEDIA classes at Studio Calico. Our amazing students learnt a lot during these two weeks and they start filling gallery with their amazing creations!

sneak peek

I would like to remind you that if you are still not a member of this class – you can! Nothing is lost! You can still sign up till the end of April! Mixed Media skills are evergreen – you can use them in your projects no metter what kind of kit you will get each month or you can hide them for a minute in your scrapbook toolbox :) We are waiting for you there with Celine and our fabulous contributors, join us.

Now I just want to let you know that I have to disappear for a while. I hope I will come back to you for a reveal time. You know – Easter is coming, there will be a huge party for 15 person, someone have to prepare everything, cook, hide tiny eggs in the grass for kids :) I won’t forget about you and we will stay in touch on Instagram and Facebook, see you there!


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