Monday, October 13, 2014

what inspires you? a Studio Calico blog hop...PLUS a HUGE GIVEAWAY!

Autumn is my very favorite season...

After months filled with swimming pools, crazy kids in and out of the house all day, hot days, humid evenings, and weeks filled with one thing or another I look forward to the fall...

...opening every window in the house and letting the cool breezes air out a home closed up and air-conditioned for most of the summer...

...warm sweaters, knit hats & comfy socks...

...comfort food and family dinners that don't need to be rushed...

...and all of the beautiful & brilliant colors of nature.

Even though the earth (in our hemisphere) is shutting down and preparing itself to hibernate, there is such amazing inspiration to be found at this time of year.

I am so inspired by the smells of spice & cinnamon, the crunching of leaves, the yellows & browns & oranges and the early onset of darkness (more time to create!).

And I'm ALWAYS inspired by Studio Calico. The kits, the digital items, the galleries, the members on the message boards...they all come together to make for one crazy inspiration-filled place to hang out.

The current kits, The Underground, are some of the best SC has ever put together...and they are filled with products that make me want to drop everything and make stuff.

SC has recently started adding screens (with which to make screenprints) to their kits. "What's this?" you ask "A screen?" Yep. And they are awesome...let me show you.

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This "make magic" screen (from Hello Forever) comes in the October Main Scrapbook Kit...

I LOVE this sentiment. It inspires me to go out and create the life I want for my make magic for us...

And now, to celebrate all of the inspiration that can be found during this beautiful season, Studio Calico wants to know what inspires YOU! here's how the giveaway will work...(there are 2 parts...)

Prizes first:

Prizes for the giveaway will be determined by how many times the hashtag #scinspires is's a short list of prizes so you can get idea of how this goes:

...and that list will GROW & GROW & GROW as the number of shares increases! What?!?!?! ACK! so cool... do you enter this crazy-awesome giveaway?

Easy peasy.

All you have to do is download this printable from the Studio Calico shop...that's it. No strings. Just download. And you're entered.

Winners will be chosen from all of the people who download the printable. I know...sounds too easy, right? You get the printable PLUS you're entered to win? I'm telling you...that's all you need to do.

(Just click the image below and you will be taken to the download page on the SC website).
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Contest ends 10/31/14 at 11:59PM Eastern.

This Friday (October 17th), SC will update everyone (on their blog) on how the giveaway is be sure to check that out!

WAIT!!! Don't go yet! There's one more thing!

(I know! I know! It's so exciting!)

Because SC is so amazing...and because you guys are so wonderful...I am GIVING AWAY (to one lucky person) the entire The Underground Main Scrapbook Kit (the one with the "make magic screen!) Eeeeeek!

All you have to do to enter my giveaway is leave a comment on this blog post...yay! yay! yay!

I will have pick a winner and SC will send you your kit! 

No go get to sharing! And downloading! And commenting!

And be inspired!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

new SC class...with the outstanding Ashley G!

I can not even begin to tell you just how excited I am for this class!

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I met Ashley Goldberg last year at CHA. I was walking around checking out booths and laughing and chatting with my friends...and we came across Ashley's booth. And we all stopped dead in our tracks. And we all spent the next 30 minutes ooooh-ing and aaaaah-ing at Ashley and her art.

We stamped our hearts out with the stamps she had displayed...and we told her over and over and over how awesome she was and how much we loved her style.

CHA ended...a few months went by...and lo and behold, who do I see designing products for inclusion in a Studio Calico kit??? You got it! Ashley G!!!

I was over-the-moon excited to see her work again and I couldn't wait to get my hands on some of her designs.

And things just keep getting Ashley is teaching a class at Studio Calico! And there are about a million of her designs for sale in the SC shop that go along with said class...and you can bet your bottom I've purchased every. last. one. Because Ashley G is just that amazing.

Here's what SC has to say about Ashley's class:

We've all experienced it – the frustration of sitting in front of a blank page for hours and still coming up empty. Well, we've got the remedy: cutting-edge artist Ashley Goldberg. Ashley’s come wielding her brush and paints to invite you into Paint.Plan.Play, an “art” class designed for scrapbookers. Grab the paints and brushes you've been collecting and let Ashley help you tap into the creativity you've got hiding inside yourself.

During the first half of Paint.Plan.Play, you’ll explore core painting techniques Ashley uses every day, then you will transition into putting those new skills to use in several projects. With Ashley’s expert guidance, you will learn how to take control of color, pattern, and text by using paint, collage, and various other mediums to add allure to all your paper crafting projects – from personally designed journal layouts to Project Life spreads. '
Paint.Plan.Play will begin on November 1st.

And here's what your enrollment in "" will get you...


  • 4 technique videos from Ashley sharing tips and tricks for painted backgrounds, mark making, stamping and working with patterned paper.
  • a PDF from Ashley sharing how she uses her painted pages to create an Art Planner.
  • Inspiration PDFs from our expert contributors sharing 10 ideas for using these paint techniques on art journal pages, layouts and Project Life® spreads.
  • Access to a class message board and gallery, where you can share and learn with your teacher and fellow students.
  • Weekly challenges to inspire you to use what you've learned.
AND! Check this out!
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AAAAACK! Best ever!

To get the will have to enroll right now...there are only a limited supply available and the offer end October go, go, go!!!

And don't forget to check out all of the other Ashley G products now available in the Studio Calico shop (these are the ones I picked up as soon as I saw them...did I go overboard? Nah...I don't think so either...).

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so go grab your supplies and get ready for November 1!
See you in class!

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