Tag: Studio Calico

Sweet layout + blog swap

Hello friends! I am so excited to share a layout today using the same materials that the very talented Michelle Bazeley also used to make a project. Here’s what we did: we each put together a kit of goodies to share with each other and then we each made a project using the same supplies. We’ll share one kit/project today and one next month.

Here’s what I did with my mini kit:

sweet1The products are a mix of papers from Close to My Heart, stamps from them as well as one from an Ali Edwards story stamp, embellishments from Studio Calico and of course, my Sharpie writer.

I hand drew and cut the title, outlining it with my sharpie. I also made some rosettes – something I haven’t done in a long while… and tucked some sequins and enamel dots in to them.

swwet-deet2 sweet-deet1To check out what Michelle did with her kit, check out her blog here! Can’t wait to see what we each create in March.

Craft Your Stash – silver bucket

imageSo this week we had a parent/teacher conference with all of Emily’s 6th grade teachers. She’s in a new school – and it’s middle school, which is a tough transition. She LOVES her school and all of her teachers. They’ve been awesome, attentive, accessible and just plain fun.

I knew I wanted to bake a little treat to take to the meeting as a way of saying “thanks” for going that extra mile in helping her adjust and welcoming us to the school. When I drew my #craftyourstash prompt for this week – I instantly knew I wanted to transform this little bucket into a cookie carrier.imageI think the bucket has been in my stash for a few years — and I think it may have had some sort of Christmas treat in it…I vaguely remember a red and white band around the middle with snowman on it. I think. It’s been a while. And while I was able to recycle the paper part of the packaging, I couldn’t get rid of the tin. Because — someday I knew I could alter in into something cute. Right?

Three — (or four, who’s counting?), years later — here’s what I did:


I took some Tim Holz tissue paper (LOVE THIS STUFF for a background), added a pop of lime green paint over the top and mod podged (is that a word??) some white doilies from Studio Calico, all around the base. Added a thick ribbon, some gold glittery stars and a quick hand stamped tag with a bit of washi at the bottom for a completed look.

imageAnd the cookies. Oh. My. Heavens. I tried a new recipe I found on Pinterest – (dont’cha just love Pinterest?) They are completely decadent, totally Fall and just perfect. Brown butter, salted caramel snickerdoodles. Snickerdoodles have always been one of my favorites (it’s a tough choice between that and peanutbutter – but if I could only have one for like, the rest of my life…it’d have to be snickerdoodles. And now that I’ve tried THIS recipeĀ  from Two Peas and Their Pod – this is the one it’d have to be. True statement. Check them out over here. image

imageHope you find some inspiration to craft something lying around in your stash this week. And – don’t forget to go make those cookies — you’ll be thanking me later.

30 Days of Me

I’m embarking on a month-long mini album project: 30 Days of Me. It’s tough – as I’m usually the one behind the camera — or, rather iPhone — and don’t often find myself in front of the camera – much less take the time to tell my stories. The class is being led by the fabulous Maggie Holmes over at Studio Calico. Here’s a peek at my title page:

30daysofme-titleIt’s a smaller album for me – a handbook size, which I’m testing out, as I’m thinking next year Project Life will go 6 X 8. Lots of bits and pieces from the class kit and from Heidi Swapp’s new gold foiled PL kit ((love)) — seriously…drool. And, I’m not even a gold gal – give me silver almost any day of the week. But that kit…gorgeous.

For the “me” circle, I created that cut file (which you can download here), used Mixed Media paper in the Silhouette on the chipboard setting and then used Martha Stewart’s Gold Gilding. Love how it turned out. I followed the same technique for the “k” and the little arrow on the heart. First time I used that liquid gold paint and it was dreamy.


I’m excited to tell these stories – and to share my journey here. Hope you have a fabulous week.


You Shine


One of the challenges in the Beyond the Digital Basics class I’m taking over at Studio Calico was to take some digital brushes and combine them to create your own custom file. I combined several wonky thought bubbles that originally had words in them and some stars from the class. Combining and cutting the file was really fun…taking one thing and creating another.

Certainly stretches the value of the digi files!

Once I had the mask cut out, a added the photo behind one of the thought bubbles and stamped XOXO on one of the others. You Shine was cut out using the silhouette – so I added some grey cardstock behind it to make it standout. When i had everything just so, I grabbed the sewing machine and stitched much of the mask down.

youshine-deet1 youshine-deet3 youshine-deet4Can’t wait to try this technique again!


Project life – a week of firsts

imageSo, I sat down to put together Week 17 – and realized I didn’t have a single photo. Not one! What could I have been doing all week that would have stopped me from snapping a few photos is beyond me. But there it was: an empty week.


i happen to be taking a fabulous class over at Studio Calico called Beyond Digital basics …. So I took the opportunity to create a layout using digital papers and okay with some of the techniques in class. It was a fun challenge for me.

I also used a letterpress card I made (from the first batch of letterpress I tried!) super fun plates came with my press – just my style. Added a bit of doodling and watercolor and journaling…love it!


I grabbed a few other photos of things I love and added some journal spots of current things I do, listen to, eat and places I go most frequently. Not the best project life layout I’ve ever done – but I’m actually happy with how it all came out, considering.


This 4×6 card came in a recent PL kit from studio calico. I added the white “always” I drew and cut out of the cameo with a little stitching. You can download that freebie here.imageThis little Happy Camper card I made with some StayzOn ink, my neocolors and a super cute stamp set from Close to My Heart.


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