Thursday, December 18, 2014

Papercut Labs 12 Days of Christmas Crop and Hop

As many of you know, I recently became involved with Papercut Labs, a new online Australian business offering inspiration through a variety of online classes. I even taught my own class throughout November called 'Flashy Cards Fast' (which has now got ongoing registration available! If you ever wanted to learn some fabulous techniques for creating cards on a time-budget then feel free to join in the class at any time. Registration details are here!)

But today I'm here with my Studio Calico hat on, as we join forces in the 12 Days of Christmas Crop and Hop!! 

As the name suggests, there are two components to this event!
Firstly, the BLOG HOP which started on the Papercut Labs blog on Monday 8th December. The list of participants is below:

Each stop along the way is promising you an inspiring project to get you crafting over this busy Christmas season, and each of these sites is a sponsor for the amazing set of prizes on offer. Which brings me to the second part...

The ONLINE CROP is how you go about winning one of these prizes! Simply visit our Facebook Events Page here and upload a project that fits one or more of the 12 challenges (this is where it ties into the 12 days of Christmas!!) For more entries, simply 'like' or comment on one of the previously entered projects. All the challenges, rules and details are here.You'll need to get cracking though... it finishes on the 20th!

Studio Calico have sponsored two awesome PRIZES! The first is this....

Yep, you read that correctly! It's a 3 month Card Kit Subscription for one lucky participant.
And the second prize is super fun too! It's free entry into the Send Joy class. I can tell you from personal experience, I'm enrolled in this class myself and it's been really motivating :-) 

Now onto the project I wanted to share with you today! Might I suggest you get ready with a cuppa, 'cos it's a long one!

Often at this time of year I start thinking that I really should go through my scrapbooking stash and de-clutter a bit lot. Occasionally I even attempt that. But most of the time that process only leaves me with the feeling of "that's still such a cool product I can't possibly get rid of it. I must use it on something" and not much ever makes it into the de-stash pile! Seems I suck at culling my supplies!

So instead I set myself a little challenge. I decided to go through each of the 12 scrapbook kits I've received from Studio Calico this past year as part of the Creative Team and try and make a further dent in them by creating a Christmas card from each one. The challenge of course is that only the November kit has anything Christmas-themed in it, so it was truly going to be an adventure to see if it was achievable.

I went through each kit in order, starting with January's Copper Mountain. A good place to start given it ultimately turned out to be one of my top 3 favourite kits from the year!

Just to let you know... the photo I've taken of each kit is the bits and pieces I pulled out that I thought might work for a Christmas card. I still keep all my old kits separated by month, but in each month's crop bag goes the Main Kit plus all the Add Ons so this is a big mix up of product. And this is just what I have left over which means there are half-finished packets of stuff, and scraps of paper rather than full sheets. But that's the whole point right? It's about using up what I've got hanging around!

And here's the first card I made. If you've ever seen my Instagram account before then you know I've got a 'thing' for deers anyway, but at Christmas time they become one of my go-to embellishments of choice. You're going to see a few deers along the way here!

I started on a downhill roll because February's Sugar Rush kits really are my No.1 favourite of the year.  It's totally me - pinks and aquas and sweet girly Valentine's themes.

The saving grace as far as Christmas is concerned though was those silver glitter triangles which I saw Emily on the Studio Calico gallery turn into Christmas trees with the addition of enamel dots. A genius idea which I immediately lifted for this card!

The March Office Hours kits are perfect for all you traditional-Christmas-colour-scheme-lovers out there. Packed with red and green and gold, there was so many possibilities here.

And yes, there was another deer!

I was able to pick out very similar colours from April's Bluegrass Farm kits too.

But had to use my imagination a bit for a Christmas style embellishment. The cork leaves became holly leaves, and I painted a trio of the Dear Lizzy Alphabet Stickers red to become the berries.

So many fond memories going through each of the kits, because Camelot was another favourite.

And it was the sparkly gold Heidi Swapp stickers that saved this card from being too non-Christmassy!

June's Hello Hello kits presented a challenge, and I probably struggled with this one the most.

But with all the different choices of stars (stamps, puffy stickers, plastic ones too) I figured that was the sign of what direction to take. In fact it was probably at this point that I realised most of the kits, or at least the bits I was picking out of them, all contained stars. I knew they had been one of my favourite embellishment choices for a while, but now I know who to blame! ;-)

Oh the lovely whimsical July Penny Arcade kits with all of their Ashley Goldberg designed papers...

But it was the chevron pattern in one of the Bazzill papers that ultimately inspired this card, as I cut out separate strips and layered them up to look like a forest of Christmas trees.

As I said previously, if a kit has a deer in it then it's going to be my embellishment of choice, and the August Sandlot kits have a whole patterned paper full of them!

It also had the striking combination of bright green and red and gold sequins so I was pretty set with this one :-)

September's Poet Society turned out to be quite a surprise. On first glance it's full of a rainbow of happy colours and lots of fun embellishments, but not much that you could call Christmassy.

But the idea of turning those triangle stamps into a Christmas tree was bordering on clever if I do say so myself (!) and the card quickly came together after that. In fact, this card was one of my favourites of the lot and ultimately became the basis for a quick tutorial over on the Studio Calico blog as well.

I definitely contemplated using the Silkscreen from the October Underground kits on my card somehow, but it was a little too big and overwhelming for my 4x6" base, so I had to figure out something else.

My little friend the deer came to the rescue again when I found him in amongst the Maggie Holmes stickers, and after framing him I backed it with simple block colours in the traditional Christmas scheme.

November was easy of course. The Walden kits, especially it's Add On Pine Hill was packed with Christmassy supplies so this was a no-brainer.

In fact the only difficulty lay in which bits to choose out of so many! I went with the gold wreath as the winner :-)

Which only left the current kit Park Ave to play with, and I was already on a roll from just working on all my Creative Team layouts prior. I really wanted to use the diamond chipboard shapes and played around with them for ages, but it just wasn't coming together for me.

So I went with some leftover snowflakes as the focus because I'm not sure I'll have too many other occasions to use them otherwise. Because even though it doesn't snow for us here in Australia at Christmas I figured it's still an acceptable Christmas embellishment? Anyway, it's cute enough!

And that was it. 12 Christmas cards from non-Christmas kits! Here they all are lined up next to one another so you can fully appreciate them ;-)

I think I've passed my own challenge (if I can say that?!) and I've learned a few things along the way. I'm certainly happy that it's proven you don't need to go out and buy a tonne of new product at this time of year if you don't want to. Scrapping with your scraps can easily yield some fairly impressive Christmassy results!

So there's just one more stop along the way on the Blog Hop, and that will be back on the Papercut Labs blog at this time tomorrow. But in the meantime please check out the Crop happening on the Facebook page in order to be in the running for our amazing prizes.

And have a Merry Christmas!



  1. Fabulous reuse of products and stamps. With a little imagination anything is possible. Merry Christmas

  2. Oh my I love you! lol I went to get on SC an look for card ideas and there was your post. I needed this today with sick little ones and some cards that need to go out right away...thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh My Cutneess!!!! You have gone above and beyond with all of these amazing cards! I'm so inspired to go dig into my older kits from throughout the year and get cracking on cranking some cards out! WOW! TFS!!!

  4. I love these cards. My favourite is the Camelot Kit - the buildings in the background remind me of the Myer building in Melbourne and that totally reminds me of shopping which is such a big part of Christmas for me. Can't go wrong with Heidi Swapp gold letter either. Love it.


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