Studio Calico Mini Book Workshop with Tina Aszmus

SC Mini Book Class with Tina!

Do you have any fun plans this weekend? Me? I have to work.  Hoping to squeeze in a little crafty time Sunday eve. But! I took some time out to drool over my Studio Calico goodies that arrived on Wednesday. Most of what you see here is from a kit for Tina’s Mini Book workshop that is happening this month. This mini book is kind of a cross between art journaling + scrapbooking. Right up my alley. (Oh and if you don’t know who Tina is, you’re really missing out. Check out her blog HERE.)

All of the class content + videos are already up, and you can enroll now through March 31st. I’ll confess that I already binge watched the videos. So good.

Here’s a better look at the kit from the SC site — this is not my photo :)

Tina's Kit

Some highlights, starting in the center and moving clockwise:

  • See that “details” card up there? That is the cover! It’s heavy chipboard and details is gold foil. It’s just gorgeous. There’s another piece of chipboard for the back.
  • The postcard is wood veneer and Tina shares a cool image transfer technique using it. Can’t wait to give it a try.
  • The stamp set is awesome — you get a label stamp and then you can stamp the words on it. Genius.
  • A transparency sheet with stars, cool ticket stubs and a manilla tag.
  • There’s a thick pad of super high quality paper printed with grid designs. Be. Still. My. Heart. If you look back up at my photo, you can see the swatches in the upper left.
  • Then there’s gold foil labels. Yes, please.
  • 3 sheets of stickers with an alpha, hearts, and cool sayings.
  • Journaling cards, flair and even binder rings are included in the kit too.

I can’t believe this kit hasn’t sold out yet. I just love every single thing! Pick up yours right HERE.

Then sign up for the class HERE. This class is only $10 — personally I’d pay 3x that. Tina is just the best. Yeah I’m a huge fangirl. I’d love to hang out with her someday since we both seem to love the same things. Madewell? Check. Picking up leaves on our walks? Check. Coffee? Cacti & Succulents? Check. Well, you get the picture. Oh and! The class also comes with digital content that’s not shown — it’s pretty awesome too. There’s clip art, prompts and other neat stuff.

If you are into mini books, you can also sign up for 4 mini book workshops at 20% off right HERE. Here’s the schedule — I just know these are all gonna rock:

  • Mar 2015 | Tina Aszmus – chipboard + journal cards (released Feb 25th)
  • June 2015 | Maggie Holmes – tag album (released May 25th)
  • August 2015 | Stephanie Bryan – mixed up mini (released July 25th)
  • November 2015 | Marcy Penner – 4x6in album (released Oct 25th)

Oh and! In my photo up at the top there are 2 gold foiled cards with “be present” and polka dots — they’re from this month’s Project Life kit — find it HERE. :)

Hope to see ya in class! xo


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Hey hey! Hope you’re having a great weekend so far! Me? I’ve been making cards and having a blast. Finally had a chance to try out an idea I’ve had kicking around using the “hey” plastic word that comes in this month’s Studio Calico Odyssey kit.

Studio Calico Odyssey Card Kit

And here are my results! I made 5 cards, lickety split!

Hey by Lisa Spangler

Hey by Lisa Spangler

Hey by Lisa Spangler

Then to give the cards that extra little something, I added a strip of patterned paper (also from the kit) to the inside. FUN!

I also love it that these cards are flat for mailing!

Gotta make some more.

PS. The card kit hasn’t sold out this month — yet! Pick up yours right HERE. :)

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Stamping in acrylic paint.

Happy Birthday to You

You guys! I have tried stamping in acrylic paint before and just didn’t like the results — was too messy! But! I love how this card came out.

I decided to give it another chance after watching Wilna make it look so easy + fun in the first Studio Calico Color Theory lesson. So glad that I did.

Happy Birthday to You

And I wish you could see how shimmery that copper paint is over on the left! And the gold accents on the heart and the washi. The camera just doesn’t do it justice.

Wanna find out how it’s done? Well then come on and join us! Class enrollment has been extended through March 13th and you’ll have forever access. Just click on over HERE to sign up. xo


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Color Theory with Wilna Furstenberg

You guys! I’m taking a class over at Studio Calico with the one and only Wilna Furstenberg and I just had to pop in here and tell you that I am truly loving the class so far. Class just started on Monday and we have had 2 lessons. So good. I could watch Wilna work all day, and her voice is so calm and relaxing. Everything she does makes me happy — she’s one of my heroes.

Just for You

I made this card before class started and I thought I posted it, but I must not have! You know how it goes.

First I used Studio Calico Sunny Day Color Theory ink and a wide waterbrush to make the background, then I splattered on some silver mist.

Just for You

After cutting Wilna’s flower vase with my silhouette, I went ahead and watercolored it too. Then when it was dry I heat embossed it with clear powder — it really makes it vibrant plus it keeps the piece from being too fragile. I attached it with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher — aren’t those mini staples cute?

I finished it off with a “just for you” sticker sheet that’s in the Studio Calico Cirque card kit — love this kit so much. (And there are still some available, can’t believe it they haven’t sold out.)


If you’d like to sign up for the class, just click on over HERE. Registration is open until March 13th and I think this is going to be one of those classes you’ll kick yourself for missing out on. Oh and, included in the class are some awesome cut files by Wilna too. Not this one, but they are equally good. Just sayin. :)

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Ombre Cactus

Just popping in to share a card that I made for my Great Aunt Freda — she turned 94 on March 2nd! I love her so much, she is one of the reasons I got into cardmaking. You see, she lived in Arizona and I lived in Ohio with my Grandma — her sister. My Grandma always wrote her letters, and I started writing her letters too. I can remember as a kid how awesome it was to run down to get the mailbox and find a letter all for me! Then came cards. I was seriously hooked and started sending cards to everyone.

So when it came time to make her birthday card this year I knew just what stamps I was going to use! You see, she has saguaros growing right by her house, so I figured the Hero Arts Cactus set was perfect. (In fact, I may have had a little hand in designing it.) Then as I was searching my stash for the perfect sentiment, I noticed how the little circles in the Hero Arts Happy Stamp & Die set would make great flower centers, like so!

Happy Birthday Aunt Freda! by Lisa Spangler

Happy Birthday Aunt Freda!

You may notice that the cactus and the “happy” have a neat ombre gradient — well, that’s because I used the new Hero Arts ombre ink pads on them. Love these so much! Can’t wait until they start shipping to stores, I’m using the prototypes that I got while I was working on them.

The Envelope, Please

And then! See that cheery yellow envelope and the triangle paper? Well, both of those are in the March Studio Calico Card kit.

Studio Calico Odyssey Card Kit

Just love this kit so much! And it was super easy to line the envelope — all I did was trim a rectangular piece of that triangle paper, then I adhered it to the inside. I added a little strip to the card so they’d match, too.

I plan on making a card for my dad with that cute wood veneer alligator — he loves alligators. And a card for J with the turtle — he really loves turtles. See the cards I made here in the gallery!


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