Happy Insta Girls | Christmas Hop

Hey hey, anyone looking for Christmas card inspiration? Well, there's not really actually one in this post. Ha! But, let's take it from the top just in case you don't know what this Happy Insta Girls Blog Hop is all about. We're a group of girls (obvs!), all card makers, who met through Instagram. Now, social media is all fun and games but why not share your cards in real life with people appreciating your crafts? So, every once in a while we pick a theme and send each other cards, then share them in a blog hop. This November the theme naturally was Christmas. 

Except, it looks like neither Nicole nor I did feel ready for full blown Holiday cards four weeks ago. Nonetheless, how super cute is that squirrel card she sent me?!! Her clean and simple approach was right up my alley. The photos below don't do justice to all of the details and beautiful shading on the die-cut. Also, her sentiment was just what I wanted to hear on the day her card hit my mailbox on a dull Friday afternoon. It felt like the perfect excuse to curl up with cup of coffee and relax for a bit. Thanks so much for your lovely card, Nicole!! :*)

Now, I told you, I didn't fully buy into the Christmas theme as well. I recently got a new winter stamp set from Dani Peuss Klartext line which I wanted to ink up and then there was this leftover piece of pattern paper from Studio Calico's older Winter Wonderland collection - it all came together fairly quickly from there. Too bad though that all the sparkle from the Wink of Stella marker doesn't show up in the images. It looked like the elk's scarf fell into a fairy's glitter pot :)

Thanks for hopping by! Your next stop is Katrin who got (and hopefully liked) my wintery elk card. Can't wait to see what everyone prepared for today :) 

Blog Hop Participants: Steffi • Julia • Tina • Anika • Wiebke • Nina • Reni • Kerstin • Vanessa • Maike • Jeanin • Biggi •  Claudia • Tanja • Jessa • Lisa • Sonja • Nicole • Dana (me) • Katrin • Birka

Happy World Card Making Day!

Hello there, I don't know how we ended up in October already but it surely begins to look like fall. It's rainy and dull... the perfect day to snuggle up with a blanket and a cup of tea. But first, let's make some cards: Today is World Card Making Day and lots of blogs and forums around the world will help you to celebrate with challenges and inspiration! I hope you too find the time to create and enjoy this Crafturday ;)

 

Supplies: Studio Calico Birthday Stamp (from Lollipop Guild Kits), Versamark watermark ink, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Studio Calico Craft Die: Leaves, American Crafts Gold Zing embossing powder, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Happy Scrappy Friends | Neglected Tools

Hello hello! :) Are you guys visiting from Cathleen? If not, you might want to jump right back to the Happy Scrappy Friends blog to start from the beginning. Our blog hop topic - you've guessed it from my blog title - is tools you haven't used in a long while. Now, we all have a few of those, amirite? In my case, it's worse... I have that fabulous set of nesting triangle dies. Completely unused for no particular reason. That is until this past weekend.

Since fall is slowly making it's way, I got out an older paper pad (Crate Paper Wonder collection) with lovely warm hues and gorgeous patterns that I thought fit the season quite good.

I originally meant to use lots more of the triangles or different sizes but you see, I'm back on the clean and simple train. I had three of the shapes overlap a bit and sewed down the center so I could bend the sides and get more dimension. 

The sentiment is from a cool everyday stamp set I received from Neat & Tangled for my Guest Designer spotlight in January. Also, don't the cork letters add to the fall feeling? I die cut those with a Studio Calico die and it did cut perfectly.

What's your most neglected tools right now? Border punches? Silhouette Cameo? I'm glad I've found that little die set above. Next up on my list would have been that Sew Easy hand-stitching tool from a few years back 😉

Now, let's find out what Elly has to report on the topic!

 

Blog Hop Participants: Alexandra - Cathleen - Dana (me) - Elly - Jana - Marjan - Sandra

Lost River Kit Sneaks

Hey, you guys! In a few days the new Studio Calico Lost River kit will be revealed and I had the pleasure to play with some of the stamp sets and paper. It was really fun to play and try different styles and techniques like vintage, digital/hybrid and watercoloring.

How adorable is that bicycle stamp? Love Jasmine Jones's designs! You can see more of the kits and Creative Team samples on the kit preview page. Happy Sunday :)

New in the SC Classroom: Design School

As you probably know, on the 22nd of every month, Studio Calico offers a new class. The most recent one - Design School - is particularly cool, I think. The teacher is Catherine Davis, the Product Manager at SC and fellow CT member since 2012. I also had the pleasure to meet Catherine at Camp Calico in May 2013 and - if you are not familiar with her work, yet - that girl is amazingly talented!

In her Design School class, Catherine reveals tips and tricks for structuring your page designs, creating movement on your page, using typography as a design element, and more. You’ll basically learn everything you need to know to make confident design choices and stay inspired to create gorgeous layouts.

What You'll Learn

  • MOVEMENT - Explore how to create movement and draw your viewer's eye through your work with specific arrangements of design elements.
  • EDITING - The decision of what elements should take part in your work and what needs to be left out is a design fundamental.
  • TYPOGRAPHY - Review how typography can enhance your memory keeping, and how to use type as a focal point on a project.
  • PATTERN - Learn how to make impactful decisions on choosing product, pairing elements on projects and creating patterns through techniques.
  • SCALE - Learn how the relationship of different design elements is impacted by decisions about scale, size & proportion, and how to use scale to make an impact.
  • COLOR - Dive into how color & color combos can affect your layouts.

While supplies last, Design School students will also receive a free workbook to hold class inspiration. Each lesson has its own section with room for lesson notes, page ideas and sketches - use it to record what you learn in class and you'll have a great reference tool. The workbook is sized to fit in a Traveler's Notebook, and will ship to students for free.

Catherine's focus is on scrapbook pages but I do think her professional viewpoint (she's been a newspaper designer before she started to work at SC fulltime) and often simple but oh-so-clever techniques can be applied to anything from cards to PL spreads and photobook designs. 

You can sign up for this class until midnight EST on July 15th. Will you join me?

Writing of classrooms, I will be returning to Big Picture Classes as a teacher!! More on that is coming soon :)