Thursday, September 29, 2016

Studio Calico sneaks

The October kits at Studio Calico are called Story Board and they're a delightful colour mix that's warm and vibrant and more than a little Autumnal ;-) Here's the mood board to give you a hint at what I'm talking about...


Now clearly we're heading into Spring here in Australia but good news.... I'm at least 6 months behind in my scrapping which puts me smack-bang in the middle of my Autumn projects anyway, so I actually just consider this good timing!

Here's a sneak of the first layout I created as a Creative Team Contributor for October:


I might just have a tutorial up on the Studio Calico blog later on in the month walking you through how I create a layout like this, and I'll let you in on all my little secrets ;-)


Now funny enough I also found enough love-themed bits and pieces in the Main Kit to whip up this engagement card so this is a truly versatile kit!


I'm also excited to say that I'm also contributing to the Scrapbook Workshop this month too. This is a separate class subscription that you can sign up for where you receive teaching on a number of projects from each of the kits so it's a great compliment to your Kit Subscription. Above you'll see a sneak of the page I made for the class.

Don't forget that the full reveal is coming up on the 1st :-)


And did you see the news about the latest kit subscription that Studio Calico have just added to their line up? It's a STAMP KIT SUBSCRIPTION!!! It starts in November with the stamp set above, but you can sign up for preoorders on the site here. I can't wait!

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Sizzix Spring Creating

Popping in to share some of the projects I've been making at Sizzix over the last month or so, and show off some of the new products they've got coming out this season.


For a start, did you know that Sizzix have their own paper collections? They have some fun and funky ones from past releases and this new collection is called 'My Life Handmade' and comes in A4 and 6x8" paper pads. There's also a fabric in the same house pattern too which is super cute.


I played with the paper and basic dies that have put together as part of the new Starter Kit that comes with the Big Shot Plus to create these set of tags. Now they're not just any tags, but I've turned them into something that you probably aren't expecting. Check out my full post right HERE.


They've also just released a whole set of new dies as part of their 'Chapter 3' release and it features some really great dies for Spring projects.


For this seasonal project I've used the Drifting Daisies and Garden Greens dies, along with an older Sizzix Free Bird die designed by Prima. You can catch my whole tutorial for this project right HERE.



Oh and yes, I have TOTALLY fallen in love with the Garden Greens die from Tim Holtz. It's actually a set of 9 different dies which makes it super versatile for so many projects and I knew it had to be top of my wish list.


I did nothing but cut and cut and layer and layer these leaves for a 3D framed artwork that's currently got pride of place on my mantel. You can see the whole post HERE!


And last but not least (for now!) I whipped up a project where I embellished a plain calico bag with these beautiful felt blooms to really jazz it up. The end result looks really pretty, but you know the problem with making attractive things when you've got kids around? They can't keep their hands off it!


Here's a look into the real-life situation that I face every time I try to get 'work' done whilst Judah's awake - complete with drool dripping down to soggy-up my bag!! LOL!

But if you want to see the proper photos then you can check it out in the post HERE.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Jot's September Mood Board Challenge

The Mood Board at Jot Magazine this month is an explosion of bright colours.
So I guess that should explain the card I made for it....


See what I mean?
It's all super-saturated Aztec-inspired tones of nature with rough textures and I absolutely adore it!

I have to admit, sometimes when I approach a mood board I try to pick out one or two colours as my primary focus and then perhaps add a sprinkle of the other colours if I can manage it. This time around I decided to forget all rules of design and just try to get all the colours on there in equal amounts and layer it all up with all those textures too!


Mission accomplished I'd say!
It's crazy busy and awesomely dimensional and it just makes me want to rub my fingers over all the different surfaces.... but it certainly fits the mood board!
Plus I'm rather proud of myself for using up all those Studio Calico wood veneer feathers that have been hoarded in my collection for the longest time :-)


Won't you join in with us again this month and make something papery inspired by this incredible mood board? You can catch all the details on the Jot Magazine blog HERE.

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