Studio Calico June Sneak Peeks :)

Studio Calico June Sneak Peeks by Lisa Spangler

Okay you guys, I normally don’t post about Studio Calico kits until reveal. But these June kits are just too awesome. Here are my peeks and some info, clockwise from top left:

  • A combo sneak from the Hey Girl stamp add on by Mama Elephant with the background made from the Custom Notes set by Hello Forever — I wanted it to look like a guest check like you’d get in a diner :)
  • ALL 3 are from the main card kit, including that tall pink envelope. Oh yeah.
  • Bunny and tag from card main. I love that bunny stamp so much! And yep, the twine is also in card main.
  • Here’s the bunny again :)
  • Stamping on paper from card main with one of the ice cream scoops AND the ink that’s also in card main — told ya this kit just rocks didn’t I?
  • More card main. Yes there’s washi! And enamel dots! Oh and that triangle border? I stamped it with the tip of the cone :)
  • Party Animals add-on by Life Love Paper. Love everything that Tina does but this one? Yeah I’m gonna use it a ton. The matching dies are also in the set.
  • Next up we have some die cut hearts — the dies are in the I Do set by Kelly Purkey. I just scribbled some watercolors on paper and cut ’em out. I want to make a ton of them to have on hand! Will also be great to cut out of felt, chipboard — you name it.
  • Last but not least, a peek at putting those hearts to use and the stamps that are in that I Do set.

Everything will be up for ordering on May 27th — at noon EST for subscribers and midnight for non-subscribers. :)

Annnnd, Studio Calico is having a sale!

From May 21-25, we’re having a Memorial Day Blowout sale! Get 20% off shop-wide + get an additional 30% off the Sale section of the shop! Codes: MEMORIALDAY20 and SALE30.

Have a great weekend,


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Moms Are Magical

Hey hey! Do you have your Mother’s Day cards done? I just popped mine in the mail this morning. Wish I’d have thought to take more photos but I was too excited to get these sent. You see, I’ve had this idea to use the “Moms are Magical” sentiment from the Studio Calico Mother’s Day set to make a shaker card for the longest time. Just seems to go together, know what I mean?


I thought this butterfly die cut from Hero Arts was the perfect thing to pair with it. I contrasted the paper I used for the shaker part of the card with the outside.

And, believe it or not but I used the same fresh peach ink to stamp the background on all 3 cards. Crazy right? From top left, that’s an eggshell, pink and poppy notecard. The stamp I used has been discontinued, but I still love it. I listed some alternatives in the supply list below.

A very Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! xo


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Sketchbook with Kelly Purkey

Sketchbook with Kelly Purkey

You guys! Like sketches? And Kelly Purkey? (Who doesn’t, am I right? I mean, she is too good.) Well then, you’re gonna love the Studio Calico Sketchbook class! Here’s what you get:

  • 58 sketches – 8 original sketches and 50 variations based on the class projects
  • 4 videos and 8 all new projects from Kelly Purkey
  • 42 new projects (layouts, cards, pocket pages & mini albums) from contributors – and I’m so honored to be one of them
  • Ideas for adapting a sketch to fit ANY project – layout, card or pocket pages
  • PDF lessons posted each Tuesday and Thursday in May
  • Digital printable journal cards & accents from In A Creative Bubble
  • Digital die cut files from In A Creative Bubble

And that’s not all — while supplies last, you’ll receive this awesome 4×6 clear alphabet set FREE. Check it out — I couldn’t resist making a super quick card with it:

FREE Kelly Purkey Alphabet

Registration for this class will be open until April 30th, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. Class will begin on May 5th. Sign up and find out more right here.

I can’t wait for class to start and hope to see you there. xo


Here are the recommended supplies for the class plus a few other things that I’m gonna be using on my class projects or that I’ve shown here, like that super cute thumbs up washi tape.

Note that some of Kelly’s stamps from Hero Arts have sold out over at Studio Calico, so I added a link to them at Simon Says Stamp too. You’re welcome. :)

PS. I love those sticky notes so much! They are great for planners too.

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Simon Says Stamp: Falling For You MEGA Hop!

Hey hey! I’m so happy to be hopping today in celebration of the new Falling for You release from Simon Says Stamp! This is one heck of a MEGA hop, with so many awesome stampers. I feel so lucky to be among them all and that I get to call them friends.

Simon Says Stamp: Falling For You

If you are just now joining us or you find any broken links, you can head back to the start at Simon Says Stamp. If you’ve been hopping along, you should have arrived here from the amazing Sandy Allnock’s blog — wait until you see what she’s made! LOVE.


Before we get going too much further I wanted to let you know that each stop on the hop — yes, including this one! — will receive a Simon Says Stamp Prize pack randomly selected by Simon on April 28.  So the more hops you visit, the more chances you have to win. Are they generous or what? And this really is a MEGA hop, too! Wow.

Mega Hug

Since we are having a MEGA Hop, I decided to make a card for Heidi with a MEGA Hug! Heidi is the owner of SSS and she is just the best. Here’s my card:

MEGA Hugs by Lisa Spangler

I thought I’d walk you through my thought process as I made the card :)

I started out by stamping “MEGA HUG” using the new Dotted Alphabet set on regular white cardstock — I gotta tell ya, this set just rocks. And Heidi sent me the matching numbers too — you can buy them in a bundle here.

Then I stamped the cute bunny from the Baby Party Animals set. (Alert: There’s also a matching set of dies! YES.) I used my MISTI to line up the heart — I just got mine and I’m really loving it. I’d heard about the MISTI before but never really “got it” until I had a chance to see one in action and give it a try myself. After that I was sold! Here, I just put the un-inked heart right on the cardstock where it wanted it, closed the lid, inked it up and stamped. That’s what I’m talking about.

MEGA Hug by Lisa Spangler

See how the lines on the bunny are thicker than the dotted alphabet? Well, I like all the line widths on my projects to be the about the same. So, I decided to make the lines on the dots thicker by watercoloring them. I reached for my peerless watercolors since they stay so vibrant.

MEGA Hug by Lisa Spangler

If you’ve never used peerless watercolors before, they are a film of pure color that you can pick up with a brush and then color away. I keep mine in a little bag and I love to take them with me while traveling. So far they’ve been to Quebec, San Francisco, all over Texas, Ohio, and points between.

I put white stickers on the front of mine and scribble a swatch of color on there so that I can see them better since you can’t always tell what they’ll come out like just by looking at them.

I also like to scribble a little on a scrap of paper while I’m working so that I can see how much color I have on the brush. Sometimes I can’t bear to throw this little scrap away and I put it in my journals. But this time? Yeah I popped it on the card!

MEGA Hug by Lisa Spangler

I added a few polka dots with a black sharpie to go with the dots in the letters. I really think we stampers should feel free to add our own little touches to our cards like this — something I learned when I got to take a class with Ashley Goldberg. She’s one of my heroes. See my fangirl-pinterest-board here. :)

And then! The whole theme of Falling for You + dots came together in my mind and I decided to make it look like hugs were falling out of the heart! Kinda like magic pixie dust.

MEGA Hug by Lisa Spangler

I also added some clear wink of stella to the letters and the heart to give it that subtle little something. It’s hard to capture with the camera but I hope you can imagine it.

MEGA Hug by Lisa Spangler

Here’s a look back at the finished project. I wanted to keep it clean + simple so I finished it off with some black twine. That was it.

Mega Hug by Lisa Spangler

Okay, enough from me — on with the hop!

Hop On

Your next stop on the hop is Lorraine Aquilina’s blog. You all are gonna love this — she made not one but THREE cards! Remember, you can always head back to the start at Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks so much to Heidi for asking me to join in the fun and for all the awesome stampy goodies.

Big huge MEGA hugs all around! xo

Updated: The lucky winners have all been announced over HERE at Simon Says Stamp. My winner is Zubaida, yay! Simon will have your goodie bag on the way. Thanks so much to everyone who hopped along with us and left comments — I really enjoyed reading them, one and all!


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Studio Calico Class: Love Your Lettering!

Studio Calico Love Your Lettering Class

You guys! I mentioned it before, but the Studio Calico Love Your Lettering class has started and I’m loving it! Jasmine is a great teacher and she’s given us lots of tips and tricks already.

Here I am working on my second assignment — it’s so relaxing.

Studio Calico Love Your Lettering -- My Assignment 2

The best thing? You don’t need any fancy supplies. She recommends a Papermate Flair pen — I got a pack of basic black at Walgreens + then I found a multi-colored pack at Target tonight. Then you just print out the practice sheets and play away. If you want to kick it up a notch you can add in some tracing paper + washi tape to your kit. That’s it!

As you can see I need to practice more. Lots more. But it’s FUN. :)

You can register now through April 30th  — hope to see ya there!

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