some watercolor love...

I don't know about you guys, but I've been cooped up in the house the past couple of days with some winter weather! We don't get a lot of that down here in NC, so I'm definitely not used to all these snow days! I've been a bit stir crazy....
Today, I broke out the watercolors and played around a bit to break the boredom! Here's what I made...
I used my Peerless Transparent Watercolor Papers (specifically Cobalt Blue, Natural Tint, and Amethyst) and a Water Brush to create a fun "cloud" on my card front. I also added some fun splatters and specks around. Then, I stamped the sentiment and kite strings with the stamp set from the Sugar Rush Card Kit. I die cut some kites and bows using the coordinating Craft Die: Kids at Play.
LOVE the fun watercolor look of this card- and those watercolors are so vibrant and fun!

Thank you so much for coming by! I hope you'll pull out your paints and give this technique a try!



Altering Wood Veneer + Studio Calico Sugar Rush Project Life Kit

I had a lot of fun this month playing with the Studio Calico Sugar Rush kits! Today I'm going to share how I used the fun wood veneer shapes in the Sugar Rush Project Life kit.
I know we all have piles of wood veneer laying around! They're so fun to use in Project Life and on cards! And the natural wood color is perfect to use as it is! But sometimes it's fun to mix it up and alter them to coordinate with the other products you're using.

Here are some fun ways you can alter the wood veneer shapes:
1. Color them with markers! I had a lot of fun coloring the wood veneer with my Copic markers, blending the ink to create a fun ombre effect.
2. Mist them! Place a few shapes into an empty box and mist them with your favorite Mister Huey's colors!
3. Heat emboss them! Push the wood veneer onto a Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad, sprinkle the shape with embossing powder, and heat set with an embossing heat tool. It turns out really cool! I used gold embossing powder and the results look almost like gold foil!
Here are some examples of how I used the altered wood veneer on my Project Life page:


You can see the colored wood veneer in the two photos of my boys- I used coral reds and aquas to really make these accents match the papers I used. I also heat embossed some of the pieces to add a little bit of gold to my page!

Give it a try! You'll love all the possibilities you have when you think outside the box!



Studio Calico Taffy Card Kit!

Have you guys seen the amazing Taffy card add on kit this month! Believe it or not, it's STILL AVAILABLE in the shop (click HERE)! That doesn't happen often! You should definitely check it out!
I am IN LOVE with the stamp set in this kit! It's a beautiful set by Mama Elephant and even has a coordinating DIE SET!

So I wanted to share a card that I made with some of the elements of this kit- specifically the gold punchinella vellum that's included and the digital stamp brushes that I used!
I used the digital stamp brushes to really make this sentiment (that's also in the stamp set) shine! I made it quite a bit larger and printed it out on white cardstock. I colored the letters with Copic markers!
For the vellum, I randomly cut shapes out along the gold lines and adhered them with some vellum adhesive that I found in my adhesive drawer! LOL! I haven't used it in a long time, but it definitely worked a lot better than regular tape!

And now I'm sure you have that wonderful One Direction song in your head for the rest of the night!Ha!
So make sure you run over and check out this kit! I guarantee it won't be available for long!



Studio Calico Sugar Rush Kits!

Sugar Rush kits from Studio Calico are AVAILABLE NOW for subscribers and will be available for everyone else at midnight tonight!


These kits are absolutely gorgeous and are packed with brand new and exclusive products!
Check them out HERE!
I have A LOT of projects to share with you (you can see them all in my gallery)!
Today, I'm going to share some of the projects I made using the digital items that are available in the shop. I love utilizing these great digital stamp brushes, cut files, and printables on my projects!


Did YOU know that subscribers get 10% off all digital shop items (or 25% off if you're a rewards member!)?
You can check out ALL of the digital items HERE!

The first card I'm sharing uses the new Sugar Rush Card Kit! LOVE the patterns of the papers in this kit- beautiful bright colors! And the super cute heart embellishments are awesome!
I used my Cameo to cut out the Sugar Rush Love You Cut Files by Hello Forever and made it the focal point of my card!

This one features the beautiful papers from the Taffy Card Add-on Kit! I used my Cameo to cut out the Sugar Rush Cut Files by In A Creative Bubble- really fun circle grid that was just perfect for showing off these papers!

I also used the digital items (specifically the digital stamp brushes) on my Project Life layouts this month! For this layout, I created a fun 4x6 card by combining the digital stamps from the Sugar Rush Card Kit Digital Stamps, Sugar Rush Scrapbook Kit Digital Stamps, and Sugar Rush Lili Niclass Exclusive Digital Stamps. I LOVED that sentiment and definitely wanted to give it a front and center place on this page!


Thank you so much for stopping by today!
I'll be back with more tomorrow!



CHA projects: Studio Calico Essentials Collection + A GIVEAWAY!

I had so much fun creating my projects for CHA this year and I'm excited to share them with you!
Today I'm going to share two cards that I created featuring the new Essentials collection from Studio Calico! This collection features your favorite stash staples in every color of the rainbow - plus a few must have neutrals like GOLD and WOODGRAIN! Yup- definitely must haves to me!

This card is all about those pretty rainbow colored geotags! I got the idea to use the geotags as raindrops and I just love the way it turned out!

I also created this fun Valentine's Day card with some of the chipboard hearts and sequins from the Essentials collection! Love all the coordinating colors!
This collection will be available this spring and will include cardstock, chipboard shapes, sequins, alphas, flag clips, clothespins, enamel dots, and even a Mr. Huey's watercolor set!
How would you like to win some of these goodies before you can even buy them?
Here's your chance!
Follow my blog and comment on this post for your chance to win!
I'll randomly choose a winner on January 31st!
Good luck!



Studio Calico life | scripted class

  I absolutely CAN NOT WAIT for this amazing class at Studio Calico and I'd love to share some information with you about it! If you follow me on Pinterest- you know how excited I am! ;)


Here's a little info about the class from Studio Calico:
Bring creative play into your memory keeping with the art of brush script. This month renowned artist, Kal Barteski, brings her popular class on brush script to the Calico Classrooms. Learn the ins and outs of brushes and inks to take a variety of projects to the next level with your own handwriting. Our Creative Team members will join in to inspire you how to incorporate your new skills into your pages and projects for 2014. 

Pretty awesome, right!?
Well- there's more! You also get these amazing bonus digital files to play with!

I know I'm super excited! I have my paint and brushes ready to go!
Sign up by January 31st- class begins February 1st!
I've been practicing a bit... obviously have a lot to learn! But it is SO fun and SO addicting... I could sit and paint all day!
CLICK HERE to see learn more about the class and sign up!



Studio Calico: Sugar Rush SNEAKS!

It's time to share some Studio Calico sneak peeks again! I can't believe it's already the 14th! January is just flying by!
Did you make it to the sneak peek chat last night? I had great intentions of staying up for the chat, but fell asleep on the couch... lol. Oops! So I'm sharing my sneaks now!
Can't wait to share these fun kits with you! Such beautiful colors this month- this kit is really getting me excited about spring!
Here's a mood board that Kelly Noel shared on the message board:
So pretty, right.... beautiful colors and little pops of gold. Love it to pieces...
Here are a couple of my card sneaks:
This one features the beautiful Sugar Rush Card Kit! LOVE the stamps (by Tina Aszmus LifeLovePaper) and the gold ribbon in this kit is absolutely gorgeous...

And.... the Taffy Card Add-on! I played around with some of the February digital cut files on this one to show off some of the awesome papers in this kit! And a beautiful stamp set from Mama Elephant again this month!
I'll be back with some Project Life sneaks soon!
Thanks for stopping by!



Winnie & Walter LOVE


I am SO excited to share some projects with you today from the new stamp company, Winnie & Walter! I have had so much fun working with these awesome stamps! They are absolutely beautiful and fun and creative.
You can check out their BLOG for the debut of each stamp set throughout the week and awesome projects by "The Talent" (their awesome design team!) and "Guest Stars" (like me!). Trust me, you're going to want these amazing stamps!
There are four stamp sets being released this month (on January 15th)- here are the cards I created with these stamps!

Ok, folks.... some of my favorites here! A lovely, big, bold script font from the amazing set called The Big, The Bold, and the Happy. LOVE this set- lots of mix and match sentiments and they're just perfect. The gray confetti dots are from the equally awesome set called Scenery: Big Bang Confetti. AMAZING, folks. You need it! And that fun notebook heart is from the set called The Write Stuff: Love Story.


I kept it simple with this one and used some of the new really cool cut files! I started by stamping the hearts (from The Write Stuff: Love Story) on kraft cardstock. I cut out the cut file from The Write Stuff: Love Story cut files with my Cameo and adhered it over the stamped background.
I added some buttons, a sentiment, and some twine and it was finished!
Oh I love the fonts in these sets! This sentiment, the postage note image, and the pretty bird are from the You've Got Love Mail set! This set is so awesome- jam packed with great images and sentiments for Valentine's Day! I added some more confetti from the Scenery: Big Bang Confetti set and the super cute ticket is from The Write Stuff: Love Story.

Speaking of that super cute ticket image from The Write Stuff: Love Story, I thought I'd make it really stand out on this card! I started by stamping the sentiment (from You've Got Love Mail) and then I stamped the ticket repeatedly to cover the card! Love how this one turned out- I think it's super cute!

I hope you'll stop by the Winnie & Walter blog and website to check out these awesome stamps!