Paper Pendants and Studio Calico

In The Studio

A few months ago I decided to treat myself to the Studio Calico monthly stamp subscription, and I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed receiving that sheet of acrylic stamps each month. Because they’re topmost on my desk, usually, they’re much more likely to be grabbed when I need a starting point for my next project.


Case in point: Build a Bouquet (January 2017) meets Imagine embossing. Jewelry ensues. Check out the play-by-play on the Imagine blog.

Now, this is not my first time making paper jewelry. Back when I was with the Gauche team I made paper brooches as well as a slew of paper beads that I turned into a Day of the Dead rosary.Paper and stamping is just such an unexpected material for jewelry that it never fails to impress, so I dipped back into the well this month for a project that incorporated the color challenge (Rose) as well as the theme (Heart of Gold).


Paper jewelry tends to be very delicate, it’s a given, but for this project I wanted to protect the stamped blossoms and give them the high shine of resin (but without the mixing and waiting that resin crafts require). Multiple layers of clear embossing powder provided the desired effect and the gold that gets swiped just on the edges melded into the clear rather than creating a hard line–something you only see when you look closely, but that’s okay, too.


I decided to make earrings at the same time, since the Studio Calico stamp set had both a large layered blossom and a small one. For the earrings, since they’re likely to get a bit more hard use with hair and phones and scarves nearby, I doubled the images so the bail is sandwiched between them and both sides are glossy.

Of course, my m.o. is always to make multiples of something when I’ve got all the stuff out, so I have enough stamped and embossed images to make 3 more necklaces and a couple pairs of earrings, I just have to put them together.


Back to the Studio Calico subscription–I really can’t say enough good things about it. It’s a simple program (in a good way): the stamps are sturdy and a full sheet’s worth; there’s minimal packaging; and they come with a little booklet that serves the backing board in the package and includes examples of how their designers have used the stamps. There’s also a url for an online classroom where more projects are featured. While I’ve only been getting the stamps for a few months, the designs are very versatile and they tend to include a range of bog and small pieces within each.

Overall, I’ve been very pleased with them and if you’ve been on the fence about the Studio Calico stamp subscription, I’d say give it a try. Tools are always a good investment, and stamps are awesome tools.

The Stamp Subscription from Studio Calico is $19.99 a month. This post was not sponsored by Studio Calico, I’m just a happy customer.

DIY Plannner Stickers with Labels and Stamps

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January is, of course, the perfect month to talk about planning, planners, organization, and all that fun stuff (well, fun for me, your mileage may vary). Imagine recognizes that and ordered up some posts and projects on that subject. I, for one, was happy to oblige.


I spent a couple of fun hours with stamps and inks and sprays and–this is key–a whole host of Avery label sheets to make my own stamped planner stickers. It meant I could go from needing all of this to stamp in my planner:


To just needing this little handful:


Not bad condensing, wouldn’t you say?

You can check out more about this project (along with two other planner-related DIYs) on the Imagine blog (Triad of Planner Awesomeness).

My Must-Have Die

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Over the summer I saw a particular die that I had a visceral reaction to. I had no set plan in mind, I just knew I had to have it.

dv-tall-victorian-houseIt’s not an exact match for the Gingerbread Dollhouse, but it’s pretty darn close!

And I finally got a chance to use it on a project for the Imagine blog, though I doubt it’ll be the last time I find a project for it.


Go check it out and see how to create a couple of versions of faux snow for holiday cards and layouts.

Another Year of Getting Inky with Imagine!

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Since the official announcement has been made, I can now let the cat out of the bag: Imagine has graciously allowed me another year on their Artist in Residence team and I couldn’t be happier!airs-badge-2017

I really enjoyed my first year with the team and appreciate the push it gives me every month to create. After stepping down from Helmar earlier this year I debated whether I’d submit myself for a second term with Imagine, but when the time came to make the choice, the idea of not being on the team (or at least trying) was just too horrible to contemplate!

Of the 32 projects I created for Imagine in 2016, two were selected for their 2017 catalog: the Growth Potential onesie and my Stamped Napkins.



But there was one project you never saw, and that was my audition piece from last fall, the one that got me on the team in the first place:


This card uses Iridescent Creative Medium (roughed up with a stipple brush) for the moon, with the background of India ink dropped around and on top of it, creating a space-like background and shadowy craters on the surface of the medium where I made spaces for it. The tree and other embellishments are StazOn Studio Glaze. I remember writing up the project sheet for submission while on our anniversary cruise last November so it would be ready to send when we got back to our home port. Guess it was worth the effort, right?!

So here’s to another year with the fabulous folks at Imagine! I can only hope to do them proud once again.

May the Caffeine Be With You…

In The Studio

Go ahead and say it: And also with you.


(Even if I’m still more or less caffeine free, this card makes me happy.)


Imagine is teaming up with Flourishes LC, today, for a blog hop and I got to play with their My Cup Over Flows set to make this card tutorial for you!


So the main image of the coffee cut included words that tied into a bible verse. That’s all well and good, but it didn’t fit my vision for the card. The awesome thing about acrylic stamps, though, is that they are incredibly easy to manipulate. I **carefully** cut away the words from the coffee cup and then selected the rest of the stamps I wanted to use to build my scene.

I stamped them in Coffee Bean (appropriate, no?) Brilliance ink, embossed them with clear embossing powder, and colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers. Even though I had them, more or less, in the spots I wanted them, I decided to fussy cut the elements out and layer them on a stamped background instead.


To make that background, I used several of the images in a cluster and Versamark Dazzle ink in Champagne to make a tone-on-tone background on craft cardstock (by DCWV). Just stamp and turn and stamp and turn and fill the cardstock with the images.


I layered the stamped craft cardstock onto a white and then a yellow patterned cardstock (the latter from the Recollections Country Farm House paper stack) before using  Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots to position and pop-up my stamped and colored elements.


It still needed a little something, but I didn’t want to clutter up the main images, so I grabbed my awl and a ruler and punched holes on the top and middle layers every 5 mm, offsetting the outer layer punches to fall between in the inner ring.


Then I sewed a zig zag backstitch through the layers with yellow thread and a regular sewing needle. Could I have put it on my sewing machine? I suppose, but I don’t like to dull my sewing needles like that, and this way was much more precise. And the stitching, I think, is the perfect touch to finish the card. It took about as long as the coloring did, but it was worth it.

Even if my coffee got cold in the process… Oh, the irony.


Caffeine Blessings Card Recipe:

  • 4″x6″ Craft Cardstock (DCWV)
  • 4.5″x6.5″ White Cardstock
  • 5″x8″ Yellow Paterned Cardstock (Recollections)
  • 10″x8″ Cardstock Card Base
  • My Cup Over Flows Stamp Set
  • Coffee Bean Brilliance Ink
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Spectrum Nior Markers
  • Champagne VersaMark Dazzle ink
  • Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots
  • Darice Awl, Heating Tool
  • Needle and Thread

Flourishes LC was kind enough to send a few different stamps sets and I also made these cards, too:


Camellia Card Recipe

  • 5″x3″ White Cardstock
  • 5.5″x3.5″ Green Dot Patterned Paper (American Crafts)
  • 12″x4″ Cardstock Card Base
  • Camellia Love Stamp Set
  • Olive Memento Luxe ink
  • Prismacolor Colored Pencils
  • Sage Satin Ribbon
  • Craft Knife
  • Hermafix Tape Runner
  • Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots


Winter Cheer Bouquet Card Recipe:

  • 3.5″x5″ White Cardstock
  • 4″x6″ Green Plaid Patterned Paper (American Crafts)
  • 5″x7.125″ Craft Cardstock (DCWV)
  • 11″x8.5″ White Cardstock Card Base
  • Winter Bouquet Stamp Set
  • Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
  • Spectrum Nior Markers
  • Pink Plaid Washi Tape
  • Twine (American Crafts)
  • Enamel Dots (Franklin Covey + My Minds Eye)
  • Hermafix Tape Runner
  • Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots

And since this is a blog hop, it’s really worth checking out all the other cool projects made from this latest Flourishes LC and Imagine collaboration! Leave a comment on each blog in the hop for a chance to win prizes, too!

Imagine Blog -
Barbara Thompson -
Toni Storie -
Alison Heikkila -
Beverly Cole -
Kren Kurts -
Neva Cole -
Roni Johnson -
Linda Lucas -
Davi Long -
Jennifer Vanderbeek -  <<–You Are Here
Naomi Gong -
Vickie Yeakley -
Nadine Carlier -
Rebecca Ednie –
Gloria Hayoung Lee -
Mark Melnick -
Shirley Qu -
Martha Lucia Gomez -
Terre Fry -
Mary Prasad -
Trisha Traxler -
Monica Edwards -
Flourishes L.C -