Camp Calico Mini Album

Back in 2013, when I was a member of the Studio Calico Creative Team, I made a very spontaneous trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, to meet some of fellow the CT members. I didn't know what to expect or even who was gonna participate from the girls but flying over the pond for basically a long weekend seemed like the absolute right thing to do. And, it was so fun =) Or as it was put more eloquently on the SC blog: "What I don't think any of us expected was the level of positive, effortless connection and nonstop laughter we would experience". 

The giant cabin we stayed in was perched in the beautiful rolling green hills of Tennessee and featured a video game arcade, a movie theater and indoor pool and two whirlpools outside. We got to hang out in our PJs and slept four to a room in queen-sized bunk beds. My roomies where Allison Waken, MaryAnn Perry, and Catherine Davis. 

We were greeted with a welcome box filled with lots of goodies: An itinerary for the time of the camp, a Studio Calico t-shirt with a cool vintage camera design by Matthew Taylor Wilson, a colorful box of washi tape, treats to eat from Kentucky (the home state of SC), and a crafting kit custom-designed for Camp Calico by the SC designers. Included in the kit was a woodgrain Handbook, themed journaling cards, stamps, badges, acrylic shapes and wood veneers. Think nature, mountains, and Smokey The Bear. We all went crazy over it during craft nights!

A few weeks ago, I happened to reorganize some of my craft space and knocked said handbook with the Camp memories over. Twice. Many of the cards fell out and I realized that while I love the PL / handbook style, I'd rather not sort spend my time sorting cards back in an album. So I redid it as an 4 x 6 in album. I started by covering chipboard with canvas to use this as the covers. Then I brought out the old typewriter, Klartext stamp sets and added some more details before putting it all together. 

Here are the first few pages of the new album:

Have you ever redone one of your minis? I hadn't up until now but it was fun to revisit the memories and knowing I won't have to think about how I place the album on my shelves. This one won't fall apart again. Have a great Sunday! 

 

Supplies

Please note: I received some of the following products for free as a member of the Studio Calico Creative Team and Dani Peuss Klartext design team. These items are marked with a "*". 

  • Kits: *Studio Calico Camp Calico Kit
  • Cardstock: American Crafts white cardstock
  • Stamps: *Klartext Abflug, *Script Wochentage
  • Other: *Studio Calico Color Theory Ink (Glass Slipper), SC Mister Hueys spray mist, Versafine Onyx Black ink, enamel dots, sewing machine, Silhouette printable cotton canvas, scoretape, typewriter

Klartext Design Team: Baby Boy Slider Card

About three months ago, Dani of danipeuss.de contacted me and offered me to join her new Klartext stamp design team. With regard to other commitments right now, I usually would have declined politely but with some brands the answer simply is a resounding YES!! and you damn sure make time for it.

Quite honestly, I have ogled at a lot of Dani's stamp releases in the past years since they are right on trend, have cute images and many of their sentiments just make me laugh. Klartext (meaning: plain language) is definitively my thing - even more so, the older I become ;) Also, my first Klartext stamp purchase dates back to probably 2010 (!) and I still like to use it. So, long story short, you will get to see quite a few projects with new Klartext stamp releases and I also want to dust off some neglected stamps and papers in my stash this year. 

A card I made with the most recent June release, is a slider card to celebrate the arrival of a little baby boy. I remembered an older PTI set with a little airplane that would pair well with the Klartext sets "Großes Glück" and "Interaktiv" for the baby card theme.  

Baby Slider Card
Baby Slider Card

Despite the slider technique, I kept the design relatively clean and simple just how I like it. For the finishing touches, I also got out my beloved Mister Huey Shine. Ha, another item from the ever growing stash in use 🙌

What's on your desk right now? I'd love to read and see it.

 

Main Supplies

Please note: I received some of the following products for free as a member of the Dani Peuss Klartext design team. These items are marked with a "*". 

  • Stamps: *Klartext Großes Glück, *Klartext Interaktiv, Papertrey Ink Fly Away
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, Papertrey Ink Kraft 
  • Dies: Lawn Fawn Slide on Over, My Favorite Things Die-namics Flat-Bottom Clouds, Papertrey Ink Fly Away, Memory Box Stitched Rectangles
  • Other: Caran d'Ache Neocolor II watercolors, Versafine Onyx Black ink

Christmas (Gift Enclosure) Cards

Hi there, I hope you had a merry little Christmas! Ah, I can't help but still sing that song in my head about once a day. The season just goes by so fast... which is exactly, why I wanted to show you a smaller version of my Christmas cards that I used as Christmas gift enclosure cards and also as small gifts to give to friends so they can dress up their gifts, too. I still had a bunch of kraft Project Life cards from guest designing for Dani Peuss in summer. They're basically 4 x 6 cards with a perforation line in the middle just screaming to be made into little cards or tags. 

First, I got my white ink pad out and stamped a fabulous star background pattern from a Studio Calico stamp subscription set. Then I used two layers of die-cut tags, one is vellum with a strip of silver washi tape, the other is again one of those super cute snowmen from Crate Paper's Snow & Cocoa collection stamped with a simple Christmas sentiment. I also layered a die-cut glittered snowflake in-between for good measure. Don't you love when you can whip up something without buying expensive manufactured die-cuts or stickers? Also, my Crop-a-Dile got quite a workout this holiday season. I don't merely use it often enough, though. 

Don't think I only stuck to the snowman style cards. The concept for this next one is very similar, though. I got me these Kesi'Art snowflake dies and die-cut one from black cardstock (with a piece of silver glitter paper on one side) and layered a second vellum snowflake underneath. 

I also found this fun mustard color patterned paper that made me think of actual fuzzy snowflakes dancing in the air. To give it a little more texture, I ran it through my Cuttlebug with a We R Next Level embossing folder (it's a set of two called 'geometric'). A stamped sentiment and a big pearl brad from the stashed finished it up. 

 

Supplies

Please note: I received some of the following products for free or discounted as a guest designer for Dani Peuss and as a former member of the Studio Calico design team. These items are marked with a "*". 

  • Kits: *Studio Calico Stamp Kit Gypsy Moon
  • Stamps: *"Tis the Season" by Hello Forever, Klartext "13 mal Frohe Weihnachten"
  • Paper: Kesi'Art Happy 2017 (Juillet), Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa (Let's Play), vellum
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, Papertrey Ink True Black, Kesi'Art Bling-Bling (silver)
  • Other: Kesi'Art Metallics (flocons, coupons), *Studio Calico craft-dies (tags), pearl brad, Tsukineko Versafine ink (Onyx Black), Hero Arts Pigment ink (Unicorn White), We R Next Level Embossing Folder (geometric), We R Precision Press Stamp Tool, pearl brad