Thursday, May 23, 2013

April 2013 Studio Calico kit - Spencer's

Another month, another "what I did with my Studio Calico kit from the time it arrived at my door until the next month's kit arrived" post.  This month, I purchased the main kit and SC patterned paper.  I loved the corkboard paper and I also love vellum and wanted extra of that.
This first layout is some pictures of when my husband and I were staying in Florence, Italy for a little vacation. One day we took the train to Sienna for lunch at a Slow Food approved restaurant. (Slow Food is an organization all about authentic, traditional food.) My husband ate tripe and spaghetti with wild boar sauce!  The snail is the symbol of the Slow Food organization and I was able to cut it out with my Silhouette.
This card I made for no reason other than I thought it wood be a cute way to use that little BasicGrey smily face.  Clean and simple!
This layout uses almost a whole sheet of the vellum I am so happy that I bought extra of.  I trimmed it down a bit and then backed it with a gray piece of cardstock.  I thought it was the perfect base for a guy page.
This layout I made for a NSD challenge at Studio Calico.  The challenge was to use a number on the page.  We had just seen our nephew, Paul for the first time in two years and he has changed so much!  I   thought using his age in the title was perfect for a layout about him.
This layout was made for the Week #2 challenge for the POP II class at Studio Calico.  See more about the class and the technique I used here.  
I also made my niece a birthday card with some of the leftover stars that I had from the "Paul @ 15" layout.  (Happy birthday, Olivia!)  Sorry about the bad picture, but I had to get it in the mail before I was able to take a better one. 
That's it for this month - a pretty good month I have to say!  I'm not doing so well this month making projects with the kit - only one so far.  How are you doing with Planetarium?
Have a good week everyone!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Pop Off the Page II

I was really excited when a second Pop Off the Page class was announced at Studio Calico.  I really enjoyed the first class and I knew that the second would be just as good.  I really enjoy participating in the weekly challenges.
The first challenge from Jen was this:

 For this week, we're going to start small. I want you to lift one of the layouts in the first PDF. You can choose to lift the entire page, or just a small technique or detail - it's entirely up to you!

I lifted a part of Lilleth's layout by using the heart die cut (that I really didn't like until I saw her page) and backed it with a different paper.  I still have to add the journaling to this page.  
You can see here that I cut out a few hexagons from the paper and adhered them with pop dots for some dimension.
The week #2 challenge was this:

Hi girls!! This week is all about mixed media. I can't wait to see your mixed media projects! 

I don't really 'do' mixed media, but I do have one little trick.  I actually learned this from a problem I was having  - I had used multi medium on a project and I wanted to use spray mist on top of it, but it just pooled.  I posed the question on Studio Calico and someone suggested that I mix the multi medium and the spray mist together first.  That solved my problem!
For this layout, I took multi medium, mixed it with Mr. Huey and then pressed some bubble wrap into that mixture and put it on my page.  I love the texture and messiness it adds!
Here's a close up of my technique:
Are you in class with me?  Are you enjoying it so far?
Have a good week everyone!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Mother's Day cards

I was able to make all of the Mother's Day cards that I needed this year.  I love making cards to use up scraps and this first one is a perfect example.  The different patterned papers on this were actually from one piece of paper making coordinating easy!  I used this card that I had pinned on Pinterest as my inspiration.
This next card I made as part of my scrappy resolution 2013 for April.  See this post for more information about my resolution.  
This card I made using a sketch from Studio Calico as part of their National Scrapbook Day challenges.  I used the 12" X 12" washi paper from the Crate Maggie Holmes collection.  I love the idea of the washi paper - there is only so much washi of one pattern you can use.  This gives you 12 inches each of  I think 19 different patterns.  Perfect!
Did you create cards for Mother's Day this year?  I'd love to see them if you did!
Have a great week everyone!