Sunday, November 27, 2016

May Project Life Spread


Way behind on sharing my Project Life spreads here I'm determined to do a bit of a catch up. And yes, I'm aware I've said that before! :-)


So let's just start here with the May spread. I'm doing double-page spreads monthly for my album. Clearly I couldn't commit to anything more than that! So for each one I try to make sure I include photos of each of the kids.


I typically start off with one of my Studio Calico Documenter Kits - usually the one that corresponds with the month I'm scrapping, and this usually sets the tone for the colour scheme of the spread.


Then when I need to branch out to include other supplies I'll head to other older kits (Documentor and Scrapbook) that include similar colours.


It's a great way of using up old scraps and stash-busting whilst mixing and matching products to give them a fresh look.


I'm always conscious to leave plenty of space to journal out lots of stories because that's really important to me.


More catch up coming soon :-)

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

November Jot Mood Board Challenge

Oh how I love the Mood Board this month at Jot Magazine!
Those colours are so bright and calm, and I adore the pop of lime green - it's my absolute favourite colour at the moment!


In fact, that's exactly where I started when I sat down to create my card. The very first element I decided I wanted to include on my project was a decorative frond cut from glitter foam using my one of my Sizzix Garden Green dies.


Once I had that sorted I took the overall inspiration for my card from the image of the alphabet. It got me singing the Jackson 5 song "ABC" and once that got stuck in my head there was no turning back!



As you can see from these sneaks I've used lots and lots of die-cut embellishments. In fact, the whole card ended up ONLY being made from die-cut pieces, and they're all from my Sizzix stash.

So you might have guessed by now.... I'm actually not going to show you the finished card here today. Instead I want you to pop over to the Sizzix UK blog where not only will I reveal the end result, but I'll actually share the whole tutorial and what dies I used along the way so that you could recreate it yourself! You can find it HERE!


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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Studio Calico Sonnet Reveal

I love the excitement as the new month clicks over because it means it's time for another Studio Calico Reveal! The November kits are called 'Sonnet' and it's full of warm colours as cozy as your afternoon tea.

I'm creating with the Cardmaker Stamp Sets this month. I was sent the three 4x6" sets and charged to make at least one card with each. It's been such a busy lead up to the due date that I'm afraid I've only done the bare minimum .... so far! But the month is still young!


The first card I whipped up uses the Postage stamp set (love that pun!) I decided on a classic grid-like pattern of postage stamps - filling each one with a different miniature image from the set. I used Staz On Ink for all but one of them so that I could colour them in with whatever medium I wanted. I kept the focal sentiment slightly different by embossing it in gold instead.


Then I decided to do something completely foreign to me and I coloured the images in with a simple neutral scheme of grey and beige. I'm usually fighting the urge to add every single colour of the rainbow!


For each of my cards this month I've pre-emptively made the envelopes they'll go in when they finally make it to a recipient. I'm working through my stash of plain and embossed cardstock, and then I've chosen one of the patterned papers from this month's 4x6" Paper Pad to work as a coordinated envelope liner.


My second card features the Thistle stamp set. This is my favourite set for the month because I think it's going to be so completely versatile. I love that Studio Calico have gone with this quite floral and leafy design in November since it'll be perfect for Fall themes, Thanksgiving themes and then Christmas as well! So many wreathy possibilities!


This was my first experiment with this double-layered-wreath kind of idea, stamping above and below the diecut circle for some extra dimension. I think it's got lots of potential, and I want to take this idea a little bit further in the future.


It was all kinds of polka dots at the ready for the matching envelope this time. And shade upon shade of green!


My last card for the Reveal uses the super-fun Double Decker Bus stamp set. I don't believe for one single minute that you'll have no use for this set unless you've visited London... after all... I never have! But for a start it makes for some great Farewell or BonVoyage type of themes, and that's just using the bus and travel icons. The set also includes some cute tea-cup images as well which opens up the possibilities even further!


I have to admit, I haven't had the courage yet to extend myself beyond the typical red for this bus, but I'm thinking you could do it in the whole spectrum of brights for something a bit fun!


It was an obvious choice of patterned paper for the envelope liner as the Paper Pad includes this London style piece that's just perfect!

I hope you'll join us for the whole Reveal, the Creative Team have done a stellar job and their work in the Gallery is so original.

You can shop for all the Kits HERE.
And find all the new shop items HERE. 


 PS. Speaking of stamps, have you caught up with the newest subscription to hit the Studio Calico store? It's a Stamp Kit!! The November kit is absolutely amazing, designed by Ali Edwards! Check out all the details HERE.

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