Video: Studio Calico Ink + BIG Giveaway + Shopping Discount

Hello! Today I talkin’ about the new Studio Calico Color Theory Inks (and other goodies). And to make it even better, I have a set to giveaway along with a free shipping discount! (More below.)

This video with *a lot* of information, including a look at these inks, new embellishments, a card example, tips for stamping straight and more. (So even if you aren’t looking to get any new inks, there are tips at the end of the video that may interest you.)

(Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.)

First, here is a look the colors in the Studio Calico Color Theory family. There are 12 colors… and a nice mix. The video talks more about my favorite colors.

Again, the video shares a lot of information on these Studio Calico inks. But here are some key points:

  • These are dye inks so they will be fast-drying and absorb into the paper. (To learn more about dye inks vs. other inks, check out this video.) These do *slightly* smooth out with time after stamping, but not nearly as much as Hero Arts Shadow Inks or SSS inks. When stamping outline images with the SC, the results are pretty crisp. For solid images, I get good results.
  • Non-staining! Yes, you heard me right. Most dye inks stain clear stamps and this bugs people. Stained stamps don’t bother me as it doesn’t effect the use of the stamp, but I know many people will be thrilled by the essentially non-staining feature.
  • The ink pads are smaller than most, but stack nicely for good storage and have a low price point.
  • The colors are a pretty close match to the ink pad lid which is very helpful. (This seems unusual for many inks.)
  • These inks work with Copic Markers once they are completely dry. Woot!
  • These inks are ideal for second and third generation stamping. I have never seen an ink work this well with this technique. This is the coolest property!

I also did a quick card using these new inks, along with the adorable Color Theory sequins and enamel dots. (These are my new favorite enamel dots because they aren’t thick. Great for mailing!)

Lining up all those greetings was very easy with the help of a t-ruler. Oh, and the best way to adhere sequins? Matte Multi Medium. Hands down.


Interested in these inks? You can find them HERE. Use the code “JMSHIP” for free shipping when you buy all 12 colors of the Studio Calico Color Theory Inks all at once. Code expires 3/31/14. (Just put each ink in your cart – not the bundle.)


I have a complete set of all 12 Studio Calico Color Theory Inks for one lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 2/28/14 telling me which of the new ink colors is your favorite. Good luck!


In the video, I gave a peek at my new ink swatch system. In a few days, I will be back with a more complete look at the system, along with printable downloads for my other inks. But in the meantime, I wanted to share the PDF I used for creating the 2″x2″ ink swatch squares for the Studio Calico Inks. All you do is open the link, right click to save, print it (don’t resize) and cut as instructed. These little squares fit perfectly in coin pocket pages. (Again, more on this soon. But I LOVE it.) In the meantime, here is the download…


(Just FYI… I was not asked to do this review. I bought the inks and spent some time getting to know them. After liking them and telling Studio Calico, they offered to give me the discount code and giveaway. If I did not truly like these inks, I wouldn’t have done this video! And yes, there are many great inks that I use on this blog. And no, you don’t need them all. I just hope by sharing with you the best of the best, you can better decide which are best suited for you.)

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon.


New Ink!

I love new inks. The more options of ink types and colors the better! Tomorrow I will be back to share a new pigment ink. Today? Today I am excited to share a new dye ink!

These new DYE inks are from Studio Calico. I hear they are good and I am dying to try them! (Pun intended.) They are quick drying, give even coverage and have a unique stackable design. The price for the bundle is really good… and you can pre-order now. I know stuff goes fast over at Studio Calico, so I decided to get my pre-order in now and trust the colors will be good. Those folks are great with color.

I also ordered their new color paper pack. It has 24 papers contains 24 unique polka-dot patterns designed by Tim & Beck. Lila is obsessed with polka-dots (and so am I) so I am excited to get this!

They also have embellishments to match the inks, including sequins, buttons, alphabet stickers and enamel dots! These products are in support of their upcoming class, Color Theory.

(By the way, they Studio Calico didn’t ask me to post this… I am just excited about the new products.)

We have some overdue winners! The winner of the Studio Calico card kit is  Lucy Schmidt and the winner of the Inspiration Ave stamp set is Lisa Stein. The lucky one who gets the new Hero Arts Inks is Lynne Morgan. I emailed you.

Video: Embossing Paste + Embossing Powder

Hello, everyone! Today I have a video for you showing embossing paste + embossing powder. I love using the two together!

I had such fun with the Stenciled class so I am continuing the fun here. Adding powder to paste gives such great texture and shine.

Drats – I so wish that I could capture the sparkle in these photos. So gorgeous.

I applied embossing paste over The Crafter’s Workshop Flower Frenzy stencil and added sparkle embossing powder. I let the paste dry and then heat set the powder. I love the resulting dimension and shine…

The greetings on these cards is from a Studio Calico Card Kit and the cute little enamel dots are from BasicGrey. For this next card, I used the same technique but with the Judikins Splash stencil

For the next two cards (which are cut to be narrow), I used verdigris embossing powder over the paste. This powder in one of my top faves.

This stencil is the Texture Rhapsody – one of the new ones from Memory Box. So classy…

Here is a peek at the dimension and texture. For this card I used the Memory Box Flourish stencil, a strip of glitter paper and adorable glitter enamel dots

These techniques are so fun, fast and easy!

By the way – it is not too late to take the Stenciled class. The material (videos, pdf, etc) will always be there for you to go see.



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







( SSS | EH )








( SSS | EH )










( SSS | EH )


Studio Calico Card Kit Giveaway!

Hello! I have had some things pop up in life so I haven’t been able to create as much lately. But I did want to share a card I made with the most recent Studio Calico Card Kit.

I will admit, I love the SC Card kits more and more each month. They have recently made some changes and they just seem to be more and more traditional-card-maker-friendly. I like that.

I used the Copper Mountain kit for this card. (This one is already sold out, but be sure to take a look at it. It will give you an idea of how their kits are looking these days. Love it!) This baby was quick and easy to make and that makes me happy. (BTW… this is a narrow card.)

After stamping the cloud and rain with Soft Pool Ink, I covered it with lots of Wink of Stella shimmer. The hearts were die cut and covered with the same… along with Glossy Accents.

The white and dark grey pieces were die cut with one of my new favorite die sets – the My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangular Die Set. These dies create that pierced edge… which offers a bit of interest and fun. I will be using these a lot.

All of these goodies are from the Studio Calico Copper Mountain kit. It is a fun one!


While cleaning my office, I found an extra and unused Studio Calico Card Kit from the fall that needs a new home! Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 1/25/14 for your chance. Good luck!


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 and for Studio Calico, click on SC…


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!


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


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


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!


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)