Thursday, October 8, 2015

Studio Calico's Wink Wink

Today I'm sharing the projects I made with Studio Calico's Wink Wink kits, which were recently released at the beginning of the month (how is it October already?!). They were lots of fun to play with and I really enjoyed trying new products, like the wood block stamps in this month's main kits.

I made this layout using just the main scrapbook kit. I couldn't resist experimenting with that leaf stamp! I started by watercoloring a sheet of paper with blobs, and then stamping the leaf randomly to create a whimsical pattern. I simply used Versafine ink, but to get a clearer impression with the wood block stamps, you can try using acrylic paints.

PROJECT LIFE BRUGES | Wink Wink Project Life Kit
With this month's Project Life kit, I saw the swan motif on a few of the cards and immediately knew I wanted to make some spreads about the time I spent in Bruges last year. I'm currently working on my Europe'14 travel album, so this kit came at the perfect time. My photos and the colors of the kit coordinated beautifully.

PROJECT LIFE BRUGES (2) | Wink Wink Project Life Kit, BRB, TTYL
My second spread is another one from Bruges. I love how the teal alphas in BRB matched the alphas in the PL kit! It tied in the blue tones really well.

And here's where you can find my designs this month:

1. Wink Wink Printable

Aside from the digital designs that coordinate with Wink Wink, I also have a couple of new stamp sets in the SC shop:

The first two are ones I've mentioned before. Everyday Explorer and Good Times were designed for my Inked | Design Workshop. The third set on the bottom is Merry & Bright, which I designed for the Christmas & New Year Cardmaking class! I can't wait to use this one for my holiday cards this year.

Happy Friday everyone, and if you're in Canada, enjoy the Thanksgiving long weekend :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Inked | Design sneaks (+ giveaway winner)

This weekend, I put together some of the lessons for my upcoming Inked | Design workshop so I thought it would be fun to share some sneaks of what I've been working on for the class.

I finally had a chance to ink up and try all the new stamp sets, and they are really fun to play with. Tina's handdrawn illustrations and my graphic sets are playful and versatile, and together you get a wide range of stamps to use. I can't wait to show you how I'm mixing them up in the class lessons.

The 'today stamp here is from Tina's Houseplants stamp set. I used a vellum sticker from the TTYL add-on.

Bloom and Houseplants make some beautiful cards! Ink colors I used were Emerald City and Lime Light (for the plants), as well as Clear Blue and Something Blue for the pots.

Here's one more sneak of all the stamps mixed together. I kinda am in love with my Adventure stamp (from Everyday Explorer) and I know I'll be using that a lot.

Finally, the randomly drawn winner of the giveaway is Cara whose comment was:
I think it'd be interesting to see a stamp set that focuses on different times of the day, either in separate sets or combined...for example, a morning one with suns and coffees and sentiments like "rise and shine!" and an evening one with moons and pillows and sentiments like "bedtime stories" :) You'd probably be able to think of more creative ideas for it than I can but something along those lines! :)
Cara, please send me an email at inacreativebubble(at)gmail(dot)com with your address so I can pass the info along for you to get your stamp. Thank you all for entering and sharing your ideas :) Have a great day!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Inked | Design (+ bonus coupon and giveaway!)

I'm so excited to announce that my new workshop is live at Studio Calico! Come join me for Inked // Design, where I'll teach you to incorporate stamps as major design elements in your paper crafting projects.

There are five weeks of lessons which focus on stamping and design principles such as contrast, repetition and layering. My contributors and I will be sharing layouts and Project Life spreads to inspire you, and there's a class message board for us to chat all month long.

Class begins on October 12. Since this is the last workshop of the Inked series, Studio Calico is offering a special bundle as well! Bundle and save for the last chance price of $20 and enroll in all three workshops - a savings of 30%! To find out more about the Inked 2015 class bundle, click here. To purchase just Inked // Design, add this item to your cart. This bundle offer is available through October 31st at 11:59 EST.

And what would a stamping workshop be without new stamps? I am so happy to finally show you guys these stamp sets - it's been hard to keep them under wraps since I love them so much! I had the opportunity to design two new stamp sets for this class, Good Times and Everyday Explorer, and you'll find lots of graphic elements and fun phrases in these sets.

I'm also really excited to have Tina design two additional stamp sets for this class. Her stamps have a more whimsical look with her beautiful illustrations and signature handlettering! You can find Bloom and House Plants in the shop as well.

Now would also be the perfect time to buy those stamping supplies and ink pads you've been eyeing! Studio Calico just came out with some beautiful new pigment inks, or you can snag their limited edition dye inks! The Color Theory dye inks are the primary ink pads I use and I love the wide range of colors.

And as a bonus for my blog readers, I'm sharing with you an exclusive coupon ;) Get 20% off your stamping supplies, excluding stamps, with this code: STAMPING20 Enjoy!

*Expires 10/15/15 at 11:59 EST. Offer good for 20% off stamping supplies in the Studio Calico shop, minus stamps. Valid only on shop items at Studio Calico. Must enter the code STAMPING20 to your order at checkout and click apply. Not valid on previous purchases. Refunds will not be issued for misused or non-entered codes. Promo code may only be used once. 

And how about a giveaway to end off this post? I'm giving away one of my favorite stamp sets I designed - Everyday Moments. Simply leave a comment on this blog post with what kind of stamp set you'd like to see in the future to be entered to win! I'll leave the giveaway open through the weekend and draw a winner Monday evening, 10/05/2015. 

I'm so excited for Inked // Design to begin and have been working hard on the tutorials and lessons. I really hope you join me for this workshop and I can't wait to share my love of stamping with you! See you in class!