Tag Archives: Embellishment

Studio Calico Hercules – The Fever Cards

I originally purchased the Hercules set because I thought I would love the Fancy stamp. I still haven’t played with the stamp but I  have fallen completely in love with the whole kit. I had a very bad reaction to some medicine last weekend and couldn’t sleep at all one night and ended up making a bunch of cards using cut flowers from the kit and some of the gorgeous gilded project life cards in the new Heidi Swapp set. I even love the transparent doilies! This might be the very first Studio Calico Set I ever kill!



I also absolutely adore the transparent doilies and little turquoise dots included in the kit. I have other turquoise colored dots but something about these bring out the colors in the flowers so beautifully. I don’t know how to describe it but they’re not as shiny, but in a good way. I used the same PL 3×4 for the next two cards – I just love the sentiment and that little gold heart at the bottom.




I love the flower so much that I tried to create my own using my Neocolors, which I also adore. I made the flower and leaves below on some scrap paper.

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Disney Embellishments

I loved using the Simple Stories Disney 6×6 paper pad — it was such a classy interpretation of the traditional Disney colors. I used the pad and some other Disney theme supplies to make some fun Disney themed pages for a gift album. The Silhouette was awesome for creating a custom-sized vellum Mickey Mouse head and the banner letters.

Studio Calico’s Inked Class

Inked is the first Studio Calico class I’ve ever signed up for. I’ve been very diligent at COLLECTING stamps, but pretty terrible at using them in my projects. When this class came around, I was sold.

The class itself was pretty good. The techniques weren’t entirely new to me but Studio Calico’s design team has such a distinctive style and it was fun seeing the Studio Calico creative process. I also loved the stamp kit.

The class schedule included:

Week 1 | July 1st – 5th
01 | stamping on patterned paper
02| using glitter or glossy accents to accent a stamped image
03 | using stamp markers
04 | colorful stamped accents
05 | tweaking the shape of a stamp

Week 2 | July 8th – 12th
06 | heat embossed stamping
07 | watercolor stamped accents
08 | ombre stamping
09 | chalkboard effect
10 | using a stamp as a template for stitching

Week 3 | July 15th – 19th
11 | resist
12 | watercolored images
13 | text style stamps in journaling
14 | stamping on transparencies and layering over other images
15 | layered stamping

Week 4 | July 22nd – 26th
16 | creating patterns with a small stamp
17 | kissing
18 | digi stamping basics
19 | masking
20 | adding texture with stamps and gesso

The card below follows instructions from the sixth class and literally incorporates every single one of my favorite products from the crafty products I purchased in July. I can’t wait until my mom comes and we can go over some more techniques together.





Using Silhouette with an iPad


While designing my sister’s bridal shower invitations, I couldn’t find any letter stickers that matched the level of personalization on the rest of the card.  Below is a short tutorial on how to create personalized fonts and images that can be cut using a Silhouette machine.


1. Using a drawing or note app with a “free style function,” write or draw something. For the invitation, I wrote “jen” multiple times and played around with the thickness of the pencil function to get everything just right.

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2. Take a screen shot of the image. To do so on an iPad, first press the iPAD’s “on” button — which you can find at the top of the device — and then the home button until you hear a camera sound and a still image appear.

3. The screen shot turns into an image file that’s saved in Photos that can be emailed to your computer and opened in Silhouette Studio.

4. Use the trace function to trace the image.

5. Replicate as necessary. I added 20 outlines of jen onto my page so that I’d have one “jen” die cut for every invitation.

Here’s the finished card. I also used the silhouette to cut the few patterned pieces that fit behind the yellow splotched arrow cut out. Mad props to my friend Carey for helping me assemble all 20 of these cards. There were so many little pieces. She has patience AND pays attention to detail like nobody’s business!


Mini Books are awesome

We adopted our dog Domo about a month ago from a relative. He’s brought so much joy to our lives that I wanted to find a meaningful way to thank them.

Enter Amy Tangerine’s mini book. I bought the “Hug Life” book. I’m new to all this so I’m not entirely sure but the mini book seems designed as an easy base for embellishments, photos, and journaling. The papers inside all have different weights which I have begun to pay attention to because my Hero Arts shadow inks definitely sink into paper. Though I wouldn’t expect the shadow inks to provide the crispness of Stazon or Versamark, the edges of the stamps using the shadow ink were very fuzzy and indistinct. Some of the pages were a little crinkled, particularly the scalloped half square and the yellow graph paper with a typewriter, but I think it just adds to the whole aesthetic.

I’ve seen these on the shelves at Joann’s for months now and didn’t think much of the format. But after getting some 8.5×11 scrapbooking experience under my belt, the mini book seemed the cutest and most achievable way for me to show that we appreciate and love Domo dearly. I love this book so much I want one for myself now. I guess I’ll just have to settle for pictures and the real thing :).

Lots of pictures below.

The caption on the second to last page references my 2012 vision board (not 2011 – I corrected it). Essentially, in January of this year, I chose pictures to reflect an aspiration for more warmth, innocence, and nesting. I put pictures of dogs on my board never thinking that we’d actually adopt a dog. Yet… here we are. The power of intention is mysterious and strong. Thank you universe.

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My love for Distress Inks continues…

I caved and finally bought the Tim Holtz Broken China because papers with blue undertones need blue distress ink!

On another note, I usually avoid editing images because the automatic function on the Canon S100 is just so awesome but the white balance was so off in this pic that I felt compelled to do SOMETHING, even if it still looks kinda funny. I think that when I took this pic, I didn’t use the auto camera function because I’d been playing with the aperture function and forgot to switch it back. The S100 tagline should be, “Just trust us – unless you’re really good, our camera brain is better than your real one.”