Thursday, February 24, 2011

Into the Woods Sneaks

The March 2011 kit from Studio Calico, appropriately called Into the Woods, is very earthy.  Browns, golds, yellows, and a touch of blue and green.  The main kit immediately made me think of the outdoors.  Camping, etc.  We do a lot of that in these parts. 

The main kit stamp is one of my favorites in a long time.  The buttefly is everywhere, and now there's a cute little bee to compliment it in your embellishing.  I stamped it a few times this month and can see myself using it quite a bit. 

As for add-ons, I purchased two this month.  #2 Mossy Knoll;, and #3, Sunny Clearing. 

I purchased #2, Mossy Knoll to get more of the blues to compliment the main, but I also liked the neutral colors.  The trims from MME Stella & Rose and the AC Paperback alpha confirmed the purchase.  If I were to only pick up one add-on this month, #2 is the one I'd go with.  It also included some fun cards and frames from Glitz Designs. 

I purchased add-on #3, Sunny Clearing.  I was really excited about this add-ons but unfortunately wasn't sent the doilies and butteflies from Cosmo Cricket so the projects I was going to create this month changed in theme a bit and were less girly as a result.  I look forward to playing with these little embellies when they are sent to me.  This add-on has pinks, yellows, and light teal, and includes the number stamp set. 

In retrospect I wish I had picked up add-on #1, Babbling Brook because there were pockets perfect for a mini album, and I like the colors in the Cosmo butterlfies and doilies with this add-on.  I also like the fun bubble stamp.

#4, Wildflower, is very girlie, very feminine.  The embellishments from Glitz are very pretty as is the lace paper. 

On retrospect, now that I've described everything, I should have purchased it all.  ha! 

This is what I made this month:

I used some new Studio Calico Mister Hueys, shockingly.  Barnwood, Bluegrass, and Bonny Blue.  I also used white.  Timber brown for my bees.  In my opinion, Stazon is the only ink you should buy if you are wanting Jet black or brown images (my brown is really old.  A new, fresh pad is in my cart for next kit).

If you are saavy to the layout of the Studio Calico store, you may notice a new section for Embossing.  Studio Calico will soon be carrying just about every color of Zing embossing powder from American Crafts, if you are of the embossing pursuasion.  The funny thing about this new trend is that embossing and cardmaking is how I got started in the scrapbook industry.  I made fancy Christmas cards with detailed embossed images of Santa, etc.  I still have my heat gun but it's been a while since I've done too much with embossing.  I do think I'll consider clear and white though, when they hit the shop.  Those colors alone will add great texture to projects, I'm thinking.

Anyway, I'll be back with my projects after Reveal!



  1. Oh Dav, your sneaks are gorgeous! I'm still debating between 2 and 3...a lot of the DT got both and it's making it hard for me to decide ;)

    I think the new embossing trend is fun & funny too! My mom used to emboss, stamp, and make cards way back when I was little, way before I knew about scrapbooking (I was in elementary school, ha!). It was because of her that I actually know about heat embossing and own some embossing powders and all that jazz. I'm excited for the Zing this month though; there are some colors I'd love to have!

  2. these are stunning dav, i am in love w/ the bee stamp too. it's so fun!

  3. love all your sneaks! i'm torn between sunny clearing and wildflower myself! oh well, maybe i will get both :) anyway, can't wait to see your full reveal in the gallery!

  4. Jen Thompson9:30 PM

    Fantastic sneaks Dav! I loved your tutorial video on the SC blog too ;)

  5. These look great! I've actually never embossed--and don't own a heat gun, gulp! But I love the look of the Zing, so maybe I'll try it one of these days!

  6. These are gorgeous, especially all that stitching. Always love that about your layouts. I cant wait for this kit!!

  7. um hello Love your sneaks! I'm on the fence with what add ons to get ahhh i want them all lol. i haven't done much embossing buti really want to get the white Zing it looks so cool.
    I have to say after seeing you in the video on the SC blog the other day I think the PJ and Avery would get along great lol! Its neat to be able to put a voice with your face now too.
    ok enough yammering Have a great weekend!

  8. It's fun hearing about how you began in the industry! Love seeing your sneaks and can't wait for the full release!

  9. This looks FA-AB!
    Great sneaks.

    And now it's stuck in my head...
    Into the Woods, Not Out of the Woods,
    But Into the Woods
    Into the Woods
    Into the Woods
    We ... go ... A-gain!

  10. Anonymous4:27 PM

    Oh Davinie!!!

  11. Anonymous4:30 PM

    Where did my comment go??
    I said...
    I wanted to make that
    coat/shelf/bench thingy!!

  12. they look fabulous!