Studio Calico Office Hours Kits!

  Happy REVEAL DAY everyone!
I'm so excited to share my projects using the new Office Hours kits from Studio Calico! These kits have propelled me into SPRING and it feels so good! I'm so ready!
These kits are available NOW for subscribers and will be available to everyone else at midnight tonight! These kits have a tendency to sell out quickly- don't miss them!
Today, I'll share some things I've made with the Office Hours Project Life and Card kits. I love getting these kits in the mail each month- it's like a happy gift every month that sparks my creativity and inspires me more than anything else. You can get this gift, too! SUBSCRIBE and get your inspiration delivered each and every month!
Here is the Project Life kit this month:
I LOVE the colors this month! SO bright and fun! The navy thickers are absolutely PERFECT. They are the my new favorite. Seriously- if I could get them in every color, I totally would... lol! They are just the right size and they're narrow so you can fit a lot on one card.
The chipboard shapes in this kit are also really fun! You can leave them as they are or customize them with markers, paint, or ink!
I used this kit to document our snow days! See how perfect those alphas are... sigh... just the right size!

The "PLAY ALL DAY" card was just perfect for what I was documenting- fit in just right!
I used the stamps from the kit and some of the new Color Theory inks (Deja Blue, Yes Peas, Blush Crush, and Well Red) to make this fun card documenting just how many days of school we missed for our whopping 2 inches of snow! LOL!

Here's the Office Hours Card Kit:
How pretty is that ribbon!? Love it so much! Can't wait to use it!
Another favorite from this kit is the super cute stamp set with coordinating wood veneer! They're a perfect match and they're absolutely awesome!

I sound like a broken record at this point, but THE COLORS! I love these colors! Haha!
On this one I used a super fun digital cut file, too! This is the Office Hours Cut File Set by Paige Evans- I cut out the pieces I wanted to use using my Silhouette Cameo and made this the focus of my card! Love this fun little phrase so much!


Here's a look at how the stamps coordinate with the wood veneer! SO fun!
Make sure you stop by to check out these new kits!
You can see all of my projects using these kits in my

If you're looking to add some of the new Color Theory items to your cart- here are a few things that would coordinate well with these kits!
(click the image to be taken to the store)

Ink Pad- Well Red
Ink Pad- Clean Slate
Ink Pad- Deja Blue
Ink Pad- Blush Crush
Mini Alpha- Something Blue
Enamel Dots- Blue
See ya next time! :)
Happy shopping!



Studio Calico OFFICE HOURS sneak peeks!

  I'm so excited to share my sneak peeks with you today!
I can't believe how fast February has flown by!
Reveal is tomorrow night!
Make sure you stop by Studio Calico to check out these beautiful kits tomorrow night at midnight!
Here's the beautiful mood board that shows the overall feel and color scheme of the March Office Hours kits! I'm in love with the colors of these kits this month! Lots of navy, kelly green, and aqua!

And here are a few of my sneaks! I'll start off with Project Life sneaks-

I had so much fun with the Office Hours PL Kit this month- lots of fun stuff in there including these AWESOME navy thickers! SO good...
I also used a lot of the new Color Theory inks to brighten up my pages!
The Report Project Life Add-on kit is super fun, too! Great colors in this kit and lots of fun supplies including an awesome chalk marker!
How about some card sneaks?
Here's one using the new Office Hours Card Kit which includes some awesome wood veneer that coordinates with the beautiful stamp set in the kit! SO fun to play with these!
This card also features one of the new cut files- this one is by Paige Evans!

I LOVE umbrella stamps... I have a bunch now... this one is super cute. Also in the Office Hours Card Kit!
And how's this for bold and graphic!? There's a beautiful solid circle stamp in the Water Cooler Card Add-on Kit that I just HAD to stamp a fun background with!
I can't wait to see you all at reveal! Remember- subscriber reveal is at noon eastern tomorrow (the 27th) and the reveal for everyone else is at midnight tomorrow night! Stop by Studio Calico to check it out!



Hello card + matching ENVELOPE!

Whenever I make a card that I know will be hand-delivered, I like to take the time to make it a little extra special. I love to stamp and embellish the envelope to match the design of the card!
I made this card a with the new LemonLush collection from Studio Calico and decided to take it up a notch and create a fun, sparkly envelope to go with it!

This collection is full of beautiful, bright colors and accents of gold and silver. Just absolutely beautiful!

Here's how I made the card:

1. Cut a card base.
Start with an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of cardstock. Cut the cardstock down the middle to create 2- 4 1/4" by 11" sheets. Then, score at 5 1/2" to make your card base!

2. Decorate with patterned paper, stickers, and die cuts.
I started by adhering this pretty polka dot patterned paper to the top of my card.
Then, I added some silver triangle stickers to create a fun banner look.
I continued the banner theme by cutting a banner shape with my Cameo.
I added a "hello" die cut and the cute butterfly and it was finished!
Here's how I created the envelope:
1. Gather supplies.
I used some fun triangle stickers, patterned paper, and stamps for this project!
2. Stamp a sentiment.
 My card is a simple "hello" card, so I complimented it with this "I think you're amazing" sentiment!
3. Get creative.
I arranged the triangle stickers in a fun geometric pattern. Then I hand-cut a banner shape from the patterned paper and layered the sentiment strip on top. Glue everything down and make sure it's extra sturdy since it's on the outside of the envelope!

Here are the card and envelope together- I love how they compliment each other and the decorated envelope just makes the handmade card feel more dressed up!
Do you ever coordinate your envelope? I'd love to see!

Thanks for stopping by!



Essentials Giveaway WINNER!


I'm here today to announce the winner of my Studio Calico Essentials GIVEAWAY!
The winner is........
Congrats, Melissa! Please email me {sweetsteph612@yahoo.com} with your shipping information and I'll get your prize out to you!
If you haven't heard: Essentials, LemonLush, Wanderlust, and COLOR THEORY products have been added to the shop! Check them out!




Ink Reference Sheet

So.... yesterday Studio Calico announced their new line of Color Theory products- beautiful sequins, buttons, enamel dots, alphas, paper, and even INKS! I posted a quick reference sheet that I made of the new colors and had a lot of questions about how the new inks compare to some other popular inks on the market. Today I made a reference sheet of all the dye inks I currently own.
I will preface this by saying that I do not collect ink pads! LOL! I don't have space or money to buy every ink on the market. These are the 36 pads that I currently own and use on a regular basis. They consist of the new Studio Calico Color Theory inks, Hero Arts inks, Distress Inks, and Momento inks.
As you can see, the new Studio Calico inks stamp beautifully! The ink covers completely and stamps very clean and crisp. I am absolutely IN LOVE with the colors and love how they fill in with my other ink pads.
If you have any specific questions- please leave me a comment here on this post and I'll quickly reply!
If you're interested in preordering the new Studio Calico Color Theory inks- CLICK HERE! They'll ship for free towards the end of this month! 



Introducing..... Studio Calico Color Theory and Color Studio!

  Oh I HATE keeping secrets!
I'm SO excited to share the news! Studio Calico is now offering a beautiful assortment of coordinating, colorful products that will quickly become staples in your crafting! INK, SEQUINS, BUTTONS, ENAMEL DOTS, PAPER- all kinds of goodies!
The new products are stocked in the shop! Go check them out!
In addition to these beautiful products, Studio Calico has put together an amazing class for March! I'm so happy to be contributing to the Color Studio class taught by Lisa Truesdell!
 From Studio Calico: Take a spin on the color wheel with Color Studio. Join Studio Calico Creative Team Member Lisa Truesdell for an online class exploring color palettes from monochromatic to rainbow hued. You'll experiment with techniques for adding color to your projects with ink, mist, and watercolors, and learn to mix and match the products in your kits for a whole new look.
AND- there's a promo to help you stock up on products for the class!

From Studio Calico: To celebrate the release, we have a special offer for you! Buy Color Studio + Color Theory and save! Use promo code COLOR when purchasing the Color Studio Class and five or more Color Theory Products and receive a $5 discount. This code expires on 2/7/2014 at 11:59pm EST. Color Studio and five or more Color Theory products must be in your cart for the code to work. No discounts will be given for codes not entered.
Of course, as soon as I got these inks in the mail, I had to put together a super cute reference sheet!
Here are all of the new ink colors!
These inks are absolutely gorgeous and they're really great quality! I've had my fair share of ink pads over the years and I can honestly say that these inks are incredible. They stamp really clean, solid,crisp images without splotching or pooling. They clean off completely from your stamps (even Deja Blue!) with one quick swipe of a baby wipe. And these colors are absolutely beautiful! You definitely want to try these new ink pads!
I know you can probably tell that I'm excited! I hope you're excited, too!