Video + HUGE Discount on Studio Calico Card Kit + Giveaway!

Hello! I am so excited to have a fun (and BIG) discount code, giveaway and video for you today.

You know I love kits because they push my creativity. One of my favorites is the Studio Calico Card Kit. I have been friends with Studio Calico’s sweet owner April for ages and love seeing the great kits she brings to our hands. Many of you have asked me about this kit and what it is like. So today I have a video… and an opportunity for you to try out a Studio Calico Kit for nearly 50% off! Use the code “JMDEC15″ to get the current Blue Note Card Kit for only $15. This is almost 50% off the normal price of $29.50. (Offer is good through midnight EST on 12/26/13.) Woot! This would be a great stocking stuffer for yourself or a friend.

Sweet deal, huh?

I created a video for you that shows you inside a Studio Calico Kit… and five projects I created using the one kit.

Here is a look at the kit. Love that stamp set designed my Mama Elephant…

First up? A birthday card…

Love using letter stickers for stamping resist. Little letter stickers are a great way to make the perfect greeting for any card.

And to show how you can get a lot out of one kit – and in a variety of styles – my next card is a holiday one. So glad Colin encouraged me to add that red nose to that cute deer die cut

That patterned paper is awesome. I am not great at actually using my patterned papers. But the fact that the kit had embellishments (stars) to tie in the paper really made it easier…

For this one, I used the flame to make flowers…

Those little dots from the kit? So cute…

And since I always need more birthday cards…

I love white embossing on color paper…

And finally… a cut barrette for my Lila. If only she would sit still so I could photograph it for her hair…

I hope to share more projects from this soon.

Remember – use the code “JMDEC15″ to get the current Studio Calico Blue Note Card Kit for only $15. This is almost 50% off the normal price of $29.50. (Offer is good through midnight EST on 12/26/13.) Enjoy!

GIVEAWAY

For your chance to win a Studio Calico Blue Note Kit, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/16/13.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Studio Calico click SC, for Ellen Hutson click on EH and for Mama Elephant click ME

Video: 3 Ways to Use Washi Tape

Hello!

If you know me, you know I am not a user of washi tape. Don’t get me wrong – I love what other people use washi for, but it just isn’t something I am able to create with for some reason. But in today’s video I show three ways to use washi tape as a tool for stamping. It is fun!

For all of the cards, I used the Studio Calico Double Scoop Card Kit and Bubblegum Add-On Kit. These stamps are delightful! (This video is from the Studio Calico blog – you can see the original post HERE.)

Washi Tape + Stamping #1: Creating a Frame

For my first card, I used the washi tape for masking off a frame for stamping.

I used a mix of my favorite inks (see supply list thumbnails below) and some simple masking…

I like to keep a couple different widths of washi so I can do a variety of frame sizes.

Washi Tape + Stamping #1: Multi-Inking

Sometimes you want to make the greeting of the card stand out. One great way to do this is with color… and multi-inking with washi tape.

Again, the inks are listed below. Oh, and I even masked off part of the greeting to change up the message…

Washi Tape + Stamping #1: Miter Masking

I love the look of a miter joint in woodwork, etc. So I decided give it a try with washi masking and a border stamp…

Simple… yet it work so well!

So there you have it… 3 ways to use washi without really using it. LOL. I would love to hear what your favorite use of washi is!

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH. Some links also go to Studio Calico



Hero Arts Soft Pool Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Green Hills Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Butter Bar Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Tide Pool Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Soft Brown Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Memento Luxe Teal Zeal Ink Pad (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Black Dye Ink (SSS|EH)


Mowed Lawn Distress Ink (SSS|EH)


Versamark (SSS|EH)


White Embossing Powder (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Milwaukee Heat Gun (SSS|EH)


Ink Blending Tool (SSS|EH)



EK Success 1 Inch Circle Punch (SSS|EH)



T-Ruler (SSS|EH)


EK Success Powder Tool (SSS|EH)


Uniball Signo Broad White Pen (SSS|EH)


Tim Holtz Craft Knife (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Pool Mixed Layering Papers (SSS|EH)


EK 1/16 Thin Foam Dots (SSS|EH)


Studio Calico Kit + Tim Holtz Stencil Love

Hello! Just popping in to share a card I did with a recent Studio Calico Card Kit. (Actually, it was a Card Kit Add-On called Athens.) I really liked the stamp set in this particular kit – one of my favorites so far. I am a sucker for any set that says “you are missed!”

I really wish this photographed better. White on white is tough…

I started out by applying Viva Platinum Metallic Modeling Cream along the edge of a Hero Arts Snow Notecard over the Tim Holtz Stripes Layering Stencil. I LOVE this look in real life – I wish you could see it! A pearly look + dimension.

I stamped the Studio Calico stamp images with Black Memento Ink on Neenah Cardstock. I then used Copic Markers to color them in. (YG67, YG23, YR14 and R14. That touch of red? Love it.) After cutting them out, I added them to the card with foam adhesive. Oh, and those gold dots? Those are the BasicGrey Metallic Candy Buttons. These are amazing – like a smooth drop of encapsulated glitter. The perfect touch.

Here is another look at that textured background. Wish you could see it in real life!

I thought I would show you what the stamp set looks like. Several good images on there that I didn’t use, too…

I am also looking forward to breaking out the regular card kit. The stamp set in there is fantastic! Get a peek HERE.

It is fun to use two unexpected brands together. Here? Studio Calico + Tim Holtz. I think it works pretty good. Tim’s stencils are wonderful. Have you tried one yet?

WINNERS

We have some winners! I emailed you all.

HELP NEEDED

I recently announced the new Caring Hearts Card Drive and hope you can all send cards! We are looking for a handful of people who would be willing to deliver some cards to a nursing home. If you are interested, please contact me (at the top of this page under “about”) ASAP. If we pick you, I will reply and let you know what we need. Thanks!

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH. Some links also go to Studio Calico

 

Tim Holtz Stripes Layering Stencil (SSS|EH)

 

 

 

Copic Markers (SSS|EH)

 

 

Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)

 

Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (EH|SSS)

 

Hero Arts Snow Notecards (SSS|EH)

 

EK 1/16 Thin Foam Dots (SSS|EH)

 

Gold and Silver Inks

Howdy.

Just a quick share using my favorite gold and silver inks. Thanks to these metallic inks, some glitter chipboard stars and an embossed glitter background, this card is pretty eye-catching without being too time-consuming to create.

It is really hard to capture these inks in a photo. A nice gold and a nice silver with a touch of shine. It works great with this My Favorite Things stamp. Oh, and the technique I used to get the different ink colors on one stamped image? I will be sharing this technique in the upcoming Summer Card Camp 2

That background is fine glitter paper… that I ran through a new dot embossing folder. Great texture…

A little shine is always good. :)

Enjoy!

(The winner of the Stamp Pockets giveaway is Suzanne Watanabe.)

SUPPLIES

Below are the supplies used for this card. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH and for My Favorite Things, click MFT…

MFT Chalkboard Greetings (MFT|SSS)

 

Tsukinkeo Delicata Golden Glitz Pigment Ink (SSS|EH)

 

 

Lifestyle Crafts Spotted Embossing Folders (SSS|EH)

 

 

 

Hero Arts Tide Pool Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|SSS)

 

Hero Arts Snow Notecards (SSS|EH)

 

Vagabond Die Cutting Machine (SSS|EH)

 

 

 

Hello Sunshine

Sometimes you just have to play.

Like when I got this month’s Studio Calico kit with an exclusive stamp set from Lawn Fawn. It has the cutest heart and rays… making me want to play right away…

And that “hello sunshine” piece? It is wood veneer from the kit, just colored black. All the papers are from the kit, too…

Quick and easy to put together. That is the joy of kits! (For more information on SC kits, go HERE.)

Is it sunny where you are? Hope so…


 

Studio Calico Promo Code + Giveaway!

Hello!

I have a fun deal for my readers! Studio Calico is offering TWO free Studio Calico exclusive 6×6 paper pads to anyone who signs up for a card kit subscription. Just go HERE to join the card kit waiting list by 1/31/13 midnight EST. (You will need to sign in (or create a new user account) in order to join the list. While supplies last. Not valid on previous purchases. Free paper pads will be shipped right away for free. The first kit you will receive is March as February will sell out quickly.)

You can find the current kit HERE – it is a good one! (That exclusive stamp set looks awesome. Love the “let’s stay connected” and the script “hello” so very much!)

Their design team always creates incredible samples! I enjoy kits – they make creating so much easier…


I am so excited to give away a THREE month Studio Calico card kit subscription to a lucky winner! Just leave a comment here by Tuesday at 11:59pmEST for your chance. Good luck to all.

(Oh, and the winner of the Color Cubbies is Rebecca Ednie.)