Tutorial: Masking and Ink Blending

I'm here today to share a card I created with the new Buttercup Stamp Set from Studio Calico!
I LOVE this stamp set and created a fun, one layer card using some easy masking and blending techniques.

Here's how I made it!

I gathered up a few supplies- the Buttercup stamp set, Color Theory inks (Deja Blue, Mint Hint, Coral Bay, and Clean Slate), Versafine Onyx Black ink, cardstock, an ink blending tool, and a mask. I created this square mask out of copy paper. I simply cut a square out using my Cameo!

1. Adhere the mask to the card front with repositionable tape. Stamp the star image repeatedly in different colors on the inside of the square mask.
2. I used the smaller star stamp to fill in any gaps. Stamp as much as you'd like!
3. Take your ink blending tool and tap it on an ink pad to cover it with a layer of gray ink.
4. Gently, lightly blend the gray ink inside the square. Apply the ink in a circular motion and cover completely.
5. Remove the mask!
6. Stamp the sentiment with black ink.
The result is a really fun focal image on a simple card!

 I hope you'll give this technique a try!
Thanks for stopping by!



Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm Project Life Kit

It's that time again!
The Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm Kits are AVAILABLE for purchase NOW!
It looks like a lot of the add-on kits have sold out, but you can still pick up the main kits if you're not already a subscriber! I LOVE getting my kits automatically in the mail each month! It's a great motivator for me to stay on track with my Project Life album and use the supplies that I have!
Here's a look at the Bluegrass Farm Project Life Kit!
LOVE the alpha in this kit! And the cards are absolutely beautiful (as usual!). There's always such a great mix of bright colors and neutrals- and such fun designs!
Here's what I've created with this kit!
I pulled out a bunch of the fun bright cards for my first February page! Love how the blue, yellow, green, and red look!

On the title card I used the Bluegrass Farm Background Cut Files by Paige Evans. I cut it with my Cameo and glued the pieces over top of the cloud 4x6 card from the kit.
This triangle geometric card is one of my absolute favorites in the kit- so pretty!
I pulled out some of the more neutral, toned down cards for this page that documents our second round of snow days. I embellished some of the cards with these awesome star sequins that come in the kit!
Love these woodgrain cards!

And that alpha again.... I swear I really do need like 10 sheets of these alphas- they're so awesome...
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Click HERE if you'd like to take a closer look at this kit! 



Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm Project Life Sneaks!

How about a sneak peek at the new Bluegrass Farm Project Life Kits from Studio Calico! These kits will be available for sale March 27th (at noon EST for subscribers and at midnight for everyone else!). I am really LOVING these kits and can't wait to share my projects with you!
Here is a peek at what I've created with the Bluegrass Farm Project Life Kit, the Gertrude Add-on, and the Tabasco Add-on!

Can't wait for REVEAL! Come on over to Studio Calico tomorrow to see the full reveal of these amazing kits! I'll see you there! :)



Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm Card Sneaks!

Sorry it's been so long! I've been super busy trying to adjust to a new work schedule and juggling all of my responsibilities. I think I'm falling into a nice routine, though! Hopefully I'll find more time to blog in that schedule!
I'm stopping by today with a peek at the new Bluegrass Farm Card Kits from Studio Calico! These kits will be available for sale March 27th (at noon EST for subscribers and at midnight for everyone else!). I am really LOVING these kits and can't wait to share my projects with you!
Here is a peek at what I've created with the Bluegrass Farm Card Kit, the Clarabelle Card Add-on, and the Buttercup Stamp + Die Add-on!

I'll be back tomorrow with some of my Project Life sneak peeks!
Thanks for stopping by!



Studio Calico New Subscriber Gift + Some Favorites

How are you all doing this Monday morning!?
I'm so happy you stopped by along this super fun blog hop today! In case you missed it, a bunch of us are blog hopping- sharing an awesome deal with you and also our favorite shop items!
You should be arriving here from CĂ©line Navarro's blog- the whole hop begins at Lisa Truesdell's blog!

Here's that awesome deal I was telling you about....

Click the photo above and the card kit and gift card will land in your cart!
Apply the Promo Code: CARDGIFT prior to checking out and you'll be given the gift card for free!

Need some help spending that money?
Here are some of my favorite shop items that coordinate beautifully with the Office Hours Card Kit!
These are back in the shop- pick em up before they're sold out again! SUPER popular!
These are so shiny and pretty and would be so cute as raindrops under the umbrella stamps!
So pretty... I can't get enough of these pretty doilies...
This one is a no-brainer! Stars, dies, stamps.... a definite must-have!
I am IN LOVE with these new dye inks! This color is a perfect compliment to the Office Hours kits!
Enjoy the hop!
Your next stop is the super talented Leena Loh!



Studio Calico Color Studio- Class is IN SESSION!

Hope you're all doing well!
I'm here tonight to share a little peek of a project I created for the Studio Calico Color Studio class!
The first lesson is live in the classroom now and focuses on using complementary colors in your design. Here's a peek of the supplies I pulled together for my project:

If you've already purchased the class- come on over to the classroom and check out Lesson 01!

If you haven't signed up yet, it's not too late!
Click HERE to enroll!
The cost is $19.00 and comes with a bunch of fun digital stuff- printables, cut files, and planner pages!
This class is very theory oriented and will make you look at color choices in a whole new way! SO valuable!
And did you see? In addition to all the fun Color Theory products (alphas, enamel dots, sequins, paper, ink)- the Color Theory Swatchbook is available for purchase, too! I've been using it A LOT to help me plan my color stories!
See you in class! 



Studio Calico Digital Bundle!

  I just saw an amazing deal come through my inbox- thought I'd share it with you!

It's no surprise to you that I LOVE the digital offerings from Studio Calico- I use them regularly on my cards and Project Life pages! They offer so much variety and really give you the ability to customize and get creative with your projects!
Here's what comes in the bundle- LOTS of great stuff!
You can order the bundle HERE!
Here are a few ways I've used some of these digital elements:

Remember- this deal is only available today! Don't miss it! GREAT value!