Free Printable & Fun Contest & GIVEAWAY

My friends over at Studio Calico are always coming up with unique and fun ways to inspire people. This month they have a free download and a huge contest — all centered around INSPIRATION.

Check out this free printable. I can’t wait to put it up in my kitchen. You can download it HERE for free…

Studio Calico is also having a fun contest with HUGE prizes – over $1,400 worth in prizes. For your chance to win, just download the printable above. Next, share on any social media a photo of anything inspiring and tag it #scinspires. In your photo caption, explain why it is inspiring. The more uses of the hashtag #scinspires, the more prizes they will give away! (For more info and rules, click HERE.)

GIVEAWAY

Since Studio Calico is being so generous, I thought I would be, too. :) Leave a comment here telling me what inspires you and I will pick a lucky winner of a Studio Calico stamp set, die and other goodies. Ends 11:59pmEST on 10/20/14. Good luck.

New Holiday Class

Hi!

Just wanted to give you a heads up about an upcoming class that I am a contributing to…

Here is more about Send Joy from Studio Calico:

The Yuletide season is upon us and that means it’s time to send hand-crafted greeting cards and tags to those you hold nearest and dearest. In Send Joy, Lisa Spangler will show you how to create 15 cards and 5 tags in bulk so that you can send them to 100 of your closest friends. There are 5 videos – 4 from Lisa Spangler and 1 from Jennifer McGuire – sharing tips and tricks for well designed cards that you can make for everyone on your list. You will also get sketches, printables, and more lessons from guests.

Send Joy is enrolling now through October 31st at 11:59pm EST and all class content will be posted on November 1st.

While supplies last, Send Joy students will receive an exclusive 4×3″ stamp set. This stamp set will ship for free, no matter where you live. Quantities are limited, so enroll now to reserve yours!

Here is the stamp set you will get free – too cute:

Move fast! Also, they are offering this deal for students. It is worth checking out because there are some great holiday stamps and dies.

I am curious – have you started making your holiday cards? I love making lots of unique ones to send throughout the season, then I mass-produce a handmade photo card to send to my list. I love doing it!

Happy Sunday.

Video: Stamping Shadows + Discount Code + Giveaway

Hi, stampers. Today’s video shares two fun things: creating stamping shadows and a peek at the newest colors of Color Theory Inks. Oh! And I have a great discount code and giveaway!

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Today’s technique of “stamping shadows” is so-very-easy to do, yet gives really fun results. After stamping the first bold and colorful image, I stamped it again – slightly offset from the first image – without reinking or cleaning it. This gives a soft, shadow-like image behind that main image. This technique works great with large, bold images like this Studio Calico “Hooray” greeting. This lighter second image is called “second generation stamping” and works better with some inks than others. The ink that I found is best? Studio Calico Color Theory Ink. (Click HERE for a video on generation stamping.)

I also added some fun Studio Calico sequins (and a couple tiny random star sequins) with Matte Multi Medium and a Hero Arts Metallic Decor silver dot in the center.

DISCOUNT CODE

In this video, I show the newest six colors of Color Theory Ink from Studio Calico. This line of ink is great because it works well for second generation stamping, is Copic-friendly and doesn’t stain stamps. (For a video with more details and a closer look at this ink line, click HERE.) Originally, Studio Calico came out with twelve colors and they now have released six more.

And for my readers, Studio Calico is offering two great discount codes on these inks!

Check this out…

While you are there, you may want to check out THIS back to school stamp set. I am ordering it now – so fun. I also recently purchased the You’re Pretty Amazing die, Be Awesome stamp + die combo and the Hooray die. Oh, and if you are one who likes to get reinkers, the Color Theory Inks now have them, too.

INK SWATCH DOWNLOAD

As I mentioned in the video, I have a free Ink Swatch Download for these inks – just click HERE and HERE. To see my complete list of Ink Swatch Downloads along with a video on how I use them, please go HERE.

GIVEAWAY

Giveaway time! Studio Calico has given me an extra set of the new six Color Theory Inks to give to a lucky winner. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 9/3/14. Good luck!

SUPPLIES

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Video: Shaker Card

Hi there! I get a lot of requests for shaker cards. Although, they really aren’t my thing and I haven’t done one in ages, I decided to give one a try by incorporating it into a stamped image. It was fun!

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD, head to YouTube HERE.]

When I saw the stamp set in the new Studio Calico Sandlot Card Kit, I instantly knew I needed to turn that adorable gumball machine into a shaker card. (I mean COME ON… isn’t that stamp the cutest?! Love.) After a bit of creative heat embossing with red, liquid platinum and sparkle embossing powder, I cut out the opening of the machine out with a craft knife. For the “glass” on the shaker, I used a piece of scrap acetate. Small pieces of foam tape are perfect to form the walls of the shaker area… which I then filled in with Studio Calico sequins.

OTHER SHAKER CARDS

I looked around for some other good shaker card tutorials. Here are a couple I found that may be help to you:

  • Laura Sterckx – This video shows how to do a shaker card using dies. Simple and fabulous.
  • Lawn Fawn – This video from Lawn Fawn shows how you can use “fun foam” (instead of foam tape) for adding dimension around a shaker window.

OTHER GREAT PRODUCTS

The stamp I used above is part of the newest Studio Calico Card Kit. Check out these other great products they recently released. The first is a “teacher” stamp and die combo. (That crayon stamp image? Adorable. And the teacher die will get used a lot here.) The “you’re pretty amazing” die is sitting on my table and am so excited to use it. Finally, the “awesome” stamp and die combo just makes me giddy. So great to use on cards for kids and friends. (Click on each for a closer look.)

Enjoy!

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below the picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Studio Calico (SC), and Amazon (AZ).

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Video: Flip-It Stamping + Studio Calico Discount Code + Giveaway!

Hello! Today’s video shows a quick and easy birthday card featuring flip-it stamping… where you stamp with the backside of a clear stamp. I also have a great discount code for over at Studio Calico that gets you their newest card kit for only $10! (See below.)

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails below. To watch on YouTube, click HERE.]

You know me – I love to use stamps in creative ways. Here, I took a stamp set with graphic images and used them to create candles! I picked the “Make a Wish” sentiment from the newest Studio Calico Hello, Hello Card Kit and stamped with the backside of the sentiment to create the candle itself. (I call this “flip it stamping” since “backside stamping” sounded a bit inappropriate. LOL. You can do this with any symmetrical stamp to create a backdrop or shadow for the regular image. This works great with many sentiments which often have a rectangular backside. I also like it with circle, heart and star images.) I then white heat embossed the greeting on top and stamped “flames” with the leaf from the stamp set.

In the video, I share my favorite tip for fixing images that don’t stamp entirely. Fantastix are perfect for this. They are firm foam-like tools that are great for applying little areas of ink. I love them with any ink, but especially the Hero Arts Shadow Inks I used here. (You can see another video using Fantastix HERE and HERE. And I talked to SSS – they will have more of these in stock today!)

Oh and that awesome “friend” die? Wow. So intricate and lovely. That is new and exclusive to Studio Calico. (I also like their “happy” and “thanks” dies. I think some of these are sold out but they said they will be getting more soon.) I layered up 4 of white die cuts and topped it with glitter paper.

In the video, I also showed a second card using another new stamp set from Studio Calico. I kept this one simple and just colored around it with Copic Markers.

DISCOUNT CODE

The kind folks over at Studio Calico are offering a great deal just for my readers! If you have been interested in trying out the Studio Calico Card Kits, now is the time. (I am loving them more and more each month. Such good stuff!)  Here is the deal: Start a Card Subscription with Hello, Hello Card Kit and receive your first month for $10! Use the promo code “JMCJUNE” before 11:59pmEST on 6/26/14. (Valid only with a Hello, Hello Card Kit Subscription in your cart. Not valid on previous purchases. Must enter code at checkout. Refunds will not be issued for misused or non-entered codes. This offer is valid while supplies last.)

GIVEAWAY

I have a bundle of fun Studio Calico products for a lucky reader. For your chance, leave a comment by 11:59pmEST on 6/6/14. Good luck!

(I will be back to announce other giveaway winners soon. My assistant has been busy with sick kids and end-of-year school projects. Oh – and by the way – *I* am my own assistant. LOL.)

See you soon!

SUPPLIES

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Video: Second Generation Stamping

Hi. Today I have a video showing how you can use second generation stamping with “building” stamp sets.

[All supplies are linked in the thumnails at the end of this post.]

Second generation stamping is a great way to get more out of your inks. Although you can do this technique with absolutely any ink, some do work much better than others. My favorite for generation stamping is the Studio Calico’s Color Theory Ink. (You can see an info video on these HERE along with more on generation stamping HERE.) For this card, I stamped the outside petals of each flower with the SC Coral Bay, Sunny Day and Orange County inks. I then stamped the inside circles with the same inks, but first “stamped off” on scrap paper to obtain a second generation. Easy to do!

I used a new stamp set that is part of the Studio Calico Camelot Morgan Add-On Card Kit. There are so many images you can “build” together and I am a fan of these types of stamps. The “thanks” is a fantastically detailed die from Studio Calico (which can be bought separately and is back in stock). For shine, I covered it with Ranger Black Sparkle embossing powder. I also tried out the new-to-me Ranger Enchanted Gold embossing powder for a few of the dots. Love it.

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SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below the picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Studio Calico (SC), and Amazon (AMZ)…

 

 

 

 

 

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