Friday, May 17, 2013

Love You To The Stars (with Studio Calico Card Kit)

Here's the second card I made using the pink constellation paper from my Planetarium Studio Calico Kit. The pink paper made me think of a night sky so I cut out the tree/house silhouette out of dark grey paper to simulate night time. I used one of the other papers from the kit and cut out "Love you to the stars and back" to use as my sentiment.

Below, I also tried another version, but I just don't like it. Something isn't right.... Maybe I should have reversed the two sky papers, I'm not sure.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sending You Love with Studio Calico Planetarium Kit

I recently received my first Studio Calico Card Kit that I subscribed to. This card is partly from the May 2013 called kit titled "Planetarium". The blue and redish-orange papers are from the kit. The rest are other materials I have in my craft room.

My 5th & Frolic "Kit"

I recently discovered Studio Calico's Card Kits. I thought what a great idea and a good way for me to learn more skills and try embellishments and paper combos that I wouldn't normally. Then I thought, "I can make my OWN kit for that price!" So I did (I did end up subscribing to Studio Calico's kit too...). I tried to choose things that went together but were things I wouldn't normally buy or use. I've never used washi tape or those dot embellishments. Nor do I use printed paper packs.  I'm not sure I would have picked that Avery Elle die, but I LOVE it. Suddenly my card making options are so expanded! Oh, I even bought my first Mister Huey's spray in white.  So how did I do on price? Well, retail (without shipping) for all these items adds up to $31.25. (If I subtract the Mister Huey spray, it is $25.75 retail w/o shipping which is pretty reasonable.) Of course not everywhere had what I needed in stock so I had to pay shipping from multiple places. So, I definitely didn't make out like a bandit! But, Studio Calico is advertising their card kit membership plus shipping as $32.75 a month...  If I could have purchased all of these items from one place, I may have got free shipping. Simon Says Stamp was having a sale while I was hemming and hawing so things kept going out of stock. I also want to note the stamp set is acrylic (costs less) and not photo polymer which I was a bummed about.
** I did see after I ordered, that my local Jo-Ann store has the 5th & Frolic paper pad and some of the other coordinating items. Shucks, I could have used my 40% off coupons!**

Here's a quick list of what is in my kit:
Here's a close-up of that lovely washi tape!
 I also ordered a few extras for my "kit". I got various 5th and Frolic 12 x 12 two-sided scrapbook paper and some fabric stickers from the set.

Well, there you have it, my attempt to make a kit just for myself. I did ok, but it took a lot of hours to figure out what to put together. I'll stick to the Studio Calico kits for now -- They do the work for me and they include photo polymer stamp sets. I also think that the Studio Calico kit paper is made in USA vs. the made in china of the 5th and frolic paper. **I don't know for certain that the Studio Calico kit paper is made in USA, but a retail pad I have of theirs is.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Hot Pink & Black Mother's Day Meadow

This is the card I made for my Mother for Mother's Day. She asked for a fuchsia & black card. I was stumped for awhile, but I happened upon this beautiful inspiration card.
I knew I needed a sheer ribbon for mine as well so it wouldn't chop up the card and hide the beautiful flowers behind it. The wildflowers are from a beautiful set designed by Lisa Johnson called "Larger Than Life" sold by PTI. She just released a new wildflower collection I ordered called "Peaceful Wildflowers" sold by MFT.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Flower Jar Mother's Day Card for Grandmother


I made this card for my Husband's Grandmother. I mostly copied the design from Michelle Wooderson's beautiful cards.

I didn't have a dotted stamp to go around the oval tag so I used a peach colored pencil to drawn in the stitching lines. I cut paper buttons for the flower centers.

I just got the most AMAZING alphabet stamp set that I am IN LOVE WITH -- Avery Elle's "Lovely Letters".  I just got it, and I used it to stamp "Granny" on the tag. I placed the "y" a little too far to the right, but I'll get better. This set is going to let me customize sentiments so beautifully. There are two lower case y's in the set -- one has a flourish on the end for if you end a word with a y. LOVE! I'm not affiliated with either of those companies, I just love this set. It's hard to find a good alphabet in my opinion! I think if you place the letters even closer together, it looks like a continuous cursive word!