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! And she we were on the same wavelength — she has pixie dust on her project too. Totally unplanned you guys! 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


Share this: Tweet about this on TwitterEmail to someoneGoogle+Pin on PinterestShare on Facebook

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!

Share this: Tweet about this on TwitterEmail to someoneGoogle+Pin on PinterestShare on Facebook

Keep Your Head Up

Hi there! I’m on the Studio Calico blog today with a card I made using the leaf die that’s in the April card kit. Hope you’ll come join me! I’m sharing lotsa tips and tricks on how to get more from your dies. :)

Keep Your Head Up by Lisa Spangler

While you’re over there, you may want to pick up a kit of your own! Here’s all you get in addition to the leaf die:

Studio Calico Lisse Street Card Main Kit for April

I love that kit so much! Especially the wood veneer squirrel! Here’s a card I made with him :)

Say What by Lisa Spangler for Studio Calico

The papers in the kit are all great too! Here I just added a little sewing to make the paper shine:

Over the Moon by Lisa Spangler for Studio Calico

I couldn’t even bear to toss out my scraps :)

Shine Bright by Lisa Spangler for Studio Calico

And the stamp set that comes in the kit is pretty awesome too. You can make all sorts of invitations with it, or even use it for Project Life. Love the pointy hand!

Birthday Tea by Lisa Spangler for Studio Calico

Really can’t believe that this kit hasn’t sold out yet! Here’s that link again if you want to pick one up xo :) :)

Share this: Tweet about this on TwitterEmail to someoneGoogle+Pin on PinterestShare on Facebook

Hello + Lettering Class!

Hello hello! Hope you are having a great weekend! I’m at a crafty retreat and my MIL is here too, I brought this card to give to her. Was so good to give her a card in person!


The brushstrokes were done with acrylic paint — I got the idea from Wilna’s Color Theory class at Studio Calico. Enrollment is closed right now, but if there’s ever another class by Wilna you should jump right in! I’ve learned so much from her and it’s just a joy to watch her videos.

I used Studio Calico’s Color Theory acrylic paints and then various ones from my stash — see list below. You’ll be seeing more of the deja blue — it’s such a pretty blue. In love.

The die cut is this one from Hero Arts — it’s becoming a fast fave. It’s Kelly Rasumssen’s handwriting — love her writing so much!

hello by Lisa Spangler

Speaking of loving lettering — did you hear that Studio Calico is going to have a lettering class in April? I am so in! I don’t hate my lettering, but then I don’t really love it, either.

love your lettering by studio calico

Registration for this online workshop will close on April 30th at 11:59pm EST. Class will being on April 6th. See ya there? xo


Share this: Tweet about this on TwitterEmail to someoneGoogle+Pin on PinterestShare on Facebook

Terrarium :)


I finally had a chance to play with my Studio Calico Terrarium set today, yay! This is one of those sets where as soon as I saw it, I had to have it! You see, I’ve had a terrarium almost exactly like this for years — well minus the little sparkles that are there, ha. Mine has moss and a plastic mushroom, tho. And no leafy plant. But it sure felt good to play with this. After taking the photo I noticed that I forgot to finish the stem of the left mushroom, oops!

I just used the jar from the stamp set, but I have big plans for the rest.


This is going in my details mini book — I’ll share the book after I get back home — I’m at a crafty retreat right now. So great to hang out and play. xo

Share this: Tweet about this on TwitterEmail to someoneGoogle+Pin on PinterestShare on Facebook