Friday, January 29, 2010

Studio Calico Bakers Dozen

The February kit from Studio Calico is up for sale and a lot of it is sold out. Wow! Once members love something and start to talk about it, the love goes viral! However, if you subscribe you will always be guaranteed a kit, so if you were interested, I hope you got on the list.

I added just one add-on to my cart this month. Scones.

Do I regret not picking up Petit Fours and those American Crafts frames and the crochet doilies? YES, YES I do, lol.

A low cost solution is to pick up the more patterned paper add-on, which I did do as well. It's a great way to get a special piece from one of the add-ons without picking up the whole thing. I really wanted more than one piece of the Making Memories varnished floral findings, so it worked out well.

Even though I didn't get most of the add-ons, like I usually do, I enjoyed what I had to work with, and as I was pressed for time this month anyway, it all worked out.

For this first layout, of course I had to scrap that 6 year old photo I took of Miss Morgan Paige.

As I mentioned, I was really inspired by the roses in the Crate paper, so I created my own flowers to add. I really wanted a soft and pretty feel to this layout.

I added some Basic Grey brads from the shop to the centers of some of my flowers, to give some added dimension and detail.

I also added some really pretty pink jute from May Arts. I bought a ton of it in many colors, because I love the look of wrapping it multiple times. It looks like they need to restock, but you can still pick up black and olive from the shop. I picked up a ton of that too, for future kits.

The jute for this layout was almost a mistake. I meant to wrap it around the patterned paper, but stitched it down before I had done so. I wrapped the picture alone instead, and I actually think I like it better this way, so it ended up being a happy accident, lol.

This layout kills me. Morgan doesn't understand makeup application, so when she applies eye shadow, it goes all the way up to the eyebrows. Payton was her victim this day. Steve laughs and refers to them as "ladies of the night" after they are finished, they are so overdone. They really enjoy doing it so it's fun. Sometimes.
I added a Basic Grey bloomer to this one too. I loved the shop items they had this month.
I didn't stitch at all on this layout, instead using the Hambly rubons that came in the kit. That was fun and they were easy to manipulate in a slight curve at the top there to mimic the patterned paper.

I also changed the colors to my micro mini alphas from yellow to lipstick red, appropriately. I simply removed the alphas I wanted to use and placed them on the packaging, swiped them all with the ink, let it sit for a bit to dry, and then applied them to my layout. I love the yellow, but for some reason, this layout called for a bit more punch with a darker color. I love how easy it was to change the look.

I did a 12x12, an 8.5 x 11, so I wanted to round out my layouts with my usual two pager. And the easiest choice for photos is my new sweet neice Lilly Park Cooper and photos of my girls holding her for the first time at our Christmas gathering. She is SOSOSOSO cute. She was super sweet too. I can't wait to see her again. It's only been almost 2 months and she already looks so different. Ah, the baby stage.

I really wanted to do some hand stitching and the obvious choice was circles and to mimic that Basic Grey paper. I just lightly traced it out with a pencil, punched holes, erased the pencil marks, and stitched away. I think I mentioned that I used DMC 977 thread here.

I broke out my Slice and my Noteworthy cartridge for the butterflies I used here as well. I am loving the Slice.
They came out with a new tool for it too. There's a magnetic mat so that you don't have to hold it down, and the reverse side of the mat is soft for using the letterpress tool, one that I MUST HAVE. EDITED: I meant emboss. Not letterpress. Sorry Glue! EMBOSS. heeeee.
So I will have to get that. Loved the magnetic mat.
And that's it! I have a couple more projects for this kit to share, but I'm going to save them for my blog week at Studio Calico. I have some Valentine decor and kid projects to share. fun fun.
I will be back asap with a CHA recap and some other things.
Have a great day! Davinie


  1. a) looooooooooooove the pages. esp the first, it's my fave. but the second one made me laugh SO HARD, so it gets an honorable mention.

    b) back it up and email me more about the slice & letterpress. how come i have not heard about this? but i was already coveting the magnetic hands free thingie.

  2. I love these layouts! I am not normally one to ask for tutorials, but I LOVE your paper flowers on the layout about Morgan--how did you make them?

  3. I browsed the SC gallery this morning and your LO's were among my favorites! Your At Six LO is amazing!

  4. Anonymous3:07 PM

    Love your layouts as usual Dav but loving the first one the most, those flowers are gorgeous! and I just went to buy some of those brads but SC is sold out and the bloomers aswell. I'm kicking myself for not getting Petit Fours too!
    What ink did you use to change the colour of the mini alphas?

  5. Love all your layouts, and I agree that kit is gorgeous. But alas...I can't buy them all (though I would like to) and feel I have to sit this one out though it pains me.
    So I live vicariously through you and others who inspire me with your fab creations using these great products. TFS :O)

  6. the lipstick...oh my! heehee

  7. Anonymous1:01 AM

    Love these cute! Would you consider posting more details on how you made the flowers on the "at six" layout...or maybe a tutorial? Beautiful work!
    Sarah H.

  8. heather p8:45 AM

    I would love to see a tutorial as well on the flowers

  9. your work is always, ALWAYS exceptional, Dav. blow me away.. everytime.