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Geek Lab: Adventure Card

Hi friends,

Melissa here with you today and it’s a bittersweet post! This is my last one… not just for this current kit but also for my term as a design team member. I have absolutely loved my time here with Clique Kits but, I had to make the decision. I love designing and teaching and empowering other creative types but, it’s time to take a break from DT’s and focus on me and what I want to do. I’m looking forward to no deadlines and such. But, I will say, this team will be one I will miss. I hope you know that Clique Kits has a GREAT things here. Beautiful kits (will always be my favorite), amazing inspiration (I’m excited to see what the next team does) and a fun community (have you joined us on Facebook yet?)

For my last card with you all, I wanted to, once again, show you a card using the gorgeous cut files that are exclusive to the CK kits. I loved the fall leaves square but, was more drawn to the individual leaves. In my head, I pictured utilizing the circle stickers and then embellishing with the leaves. It turned out better than I even thought. I hope you like it too. Here is the finished card a few close ups:

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I also used the little asterisk shaped cut files that were part of that square. I actually like the texture they bring with the tone on tone of the white cardstock. I was equally excited when I realized you can see them in the photo too!

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How cute do those leaves look??? They really add the perfect amount of texture and help the card have a bit of interest. Those stickers are fabulous but, when in a pinch for that “one more thing”, cut files are the best!

I decided to hand write the first part of the sentiment on to one of the stickers. I just could not find the right alpha in my stash or anywhere else so, handwriting it is. Thankfully, I do like my handwriting!

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Thanks for joining me here today!

The past year has definitely been an adventure I have enjoyed and I’m also looking forward to moving on! See you around!

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Study Hall: Simple Card

Hi friends,

Melissa here with you again and I’m sharing my third, out of four, project using the gorgeous September Sundance kit! I hope you are enjoying this kit as much as I did and are creating lots and lots! How can you not with such beautiful product and amazing inspiration from our team? Yay!

Today I’m sharing a relatively easy card to make. I just had fun with this one. No fancy design notes. No frills or extras. I just took it back to basics with this card and had fun. I went to a design that I’ve used many times on my cards… because I love it… and because it’s such a versatile one to boot. Essentially, I create half of the card with patterned paper, a diagonal slope, and minimal embellishing.

Here it is with a few close-ups:

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Those florals are so easy to use! I also threw in some of the washi tape from the 1 Canoe 2 collection. While these papers are from the Fancy Pants collection, I wanted to show well all of these collections and kit items go together. Love it!

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I did use a few things from my stash. The gold enamel dots are from my stash and I used two stamps that were from past kits or sponsors. You can also find them in the store… I used a set from Latina Crafter and Honey Bee Stamps. They are no longer in the shop but, you can go check out the individual manufacturers to see all the wonderful product they have!

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How fun is that acrylic heart? They are included in the kit and so perfect for that finishing touch!

Thanks for joining me today! Until next time…


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Locker Room: Enjoy the Journey Card

Hi friends,

Melissa here with you again and I’m sharing the second, of four, projects I have made using the stunning September Sundance kit.

I love Locker Room posts! The title always reminds me of half time at a football game (totally appropriate right now since it’s football season GO HAWKS!) and the coach is getting every one fired up again… whether it’s because the team needs a kick in the toosh or maybe they are rocking it out and don’t want to lose steam. So… this type of post always has me wanting to give you a pep talk! Maybe you have no mojo… maybe you are going strong… whatever it is, I hope that I can just provide with a couple more tools for your creative toolbox and how to make the most of your kit!

Here we go!

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I know, I know. This looks like the makings of an Art Studio post but, it’s not. This piece of cardstock was a booboo. I messed up with my ink for another project. Almost threw it out but, noticed the colors went perfect with the papers in this kit. So, I added a few more splatters and decided to use it as my cardstock base. See? Even our “mess ups” end up useful! Don’t throw them out just yet!

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Alright, so this next part has a lot to share. One of the ways I love taking on a new perspective and/or stretching my product is to look at what I can fussy cut. The flowers and leaves were so perfect to do this with! It definitely helps to utilize every single part of the kit. I also wanted to incorporate one of the cut files. I love how cut files can add more to the projects and, the best part? You never run out! I’m also going to be using some of the stickers on this card and those fun alpha stickers.

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I want to point out something with this card, so far. When I use mists and inks on my cardbase, I notice that I use less product. Why? Because the inks provide a couple of things… texture and color. That way, I can bring in a little pop of something with the pattern papers and embellishments but, not too much. The result is my product/kit lasts longer! And I can make more! Which is exciting when I love the collection and papers and all that! Yay!

Here is the final card with the finished sentiment and embellishments…

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Thanks for swinging by today! Head over to the shop to see more of the September Sundance kit, as well as, the ala carte shop for all the beautiful add-ons you can get! Use code melissa10 at checkout and save 10% on your order!

Until next time…

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Art Studio: Back to Basics

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Hey everyone!

Melissa here with you today and I’m sharing a clean and simple card using the July Travelers Notebook kit. It truly is a perfect kit to make some cards! Just the right amount of papers and embellishments that are designed for the smaller scale of a Traveler’s Notebook… so, naturally, it would be perfect for cards too!

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To go with this post, I also have a process video I’d love to invite you to watch.

Now, normally for these Art Studio posts, I’m always drawn to creating with paints and other “artsy” and messy supplies. Mixed media is always a go to. As I was contemplating what to do for this post, my “teacher hat” came on. I realized, YES… sharing our thoughts and ideas using all that product is awesome but, maybe we need to take it back to the basics and bit and talk about where we go for making sure our projects look pleasing to the eye (while still embracing our individual styles!).

Artists have their founding with the Elements and Principles of Design. Elements are the components and Principles are we organize them… put them in to action, if you will. So, for a little review, here are the Elements of Design: Line, Color, Shape, Form, Value, Space and Texture. Principles of Design are: Balance, Emphasis, Movement, Proportion, Rhythm, Unity and Variety.

Each of these terms are a little self explanatory but, if you’d like to go deeper with their definitions, you can check out this awesome resource at Oberlin.

Here is the card I created using the July TN Kit and contemplating how I use using the Elements and Principles of Design:

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It’s a very clean and simple card. But, I thoughtfully used each kit item to create a well composed card. By using symmetrical balance, I utilized the colors and patterns of the papers to also create unity and variety. The flower is clearly the focal point. I also was able to draw attention to the lines and shape of the card design by bringing in rhythm and texture. Where does the emphasis lie? I believe on the flower but,  your eye also is taken on a brief journey to the sentiment and cute little heart up top.

For more thoughts, have a watch of my video below:

You can find the July Pool Party TN Kit here.

Use melissa10 as a discount code while you shop to save 10% on your order!

Here are a couple of close ups of that card so you can see all the lovely details:

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Thanks for joining me today!

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Locker Room: Use Those Scraps

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Hi friends,

Melissa here with you today with my last cards created using the beautiful June Aquarelle kit. This is a Locker Room post which, for me, dreams up half time. You know, it’s the Super Bowl and the teams are playing their game. Maybe one team just needs that extra pep talk to keep the energy flowing. That talk may contain some new inspiration that keeps the game fresh. So, that’s what we’re doing today. June is drawing to a close and the July kit is ready for you BUT, I know you still have some scraps and leftover embellies to use. So, let’s have a pep talk and I’ll give you some fresh ideas for how to use them all up on a card.

I am also sharing a process video with all the juicy details. Here are the two cards I’m sharing in the video…

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Alright, to see all the ideas and tips on how I created these two cards, I want to invite you to check out the Cards with Melissa video below and happy creating!

 

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Study Hall: Let’s Get Dazzled!

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Hello friends!

Melissa here with you today and I’m sharing a card using the June Aquarelle Kit. For this card, I wanted to highlight the awesome Shimmerz Dazzlers you can get as an add-on from the shop. This stuff is so much fun! It’s, essentially, modeling paste that already has the color and lovely sheen to it.

I googled some ideas on how to use it. I loved what I found and definitely wanted to translate it to the smaller scale of a card. Here is the full photo:

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I just love how the Dazzlers give this card a little “oomph” for the background.

What I did was super simple – I used a mask that I had in my stash and smoothed the dazzlers over it with a palette knife. I was careful to not leave it took think but still have enough dimension. I also love the messy look in which it seems as if I scraped off some of the Dazzlers off.

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It didn’t take long to dry so, I was able to complete this card rather quickly. At least, quickly when I think of how long modeling paste can normally take to dry!

While it was drying, I begin to layer the top part of my card. I used bits and pieces from the patterned paper, the vellum and die cuts. I even broke out the sewing machine and added a little bit of stitching.

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Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

I hope you enjoyed this card today. And, I hope you get a chance to go dig around in the shop for add-ons. While June is winding down, I know many of you are just now digging in to those June kits. Don’t forget to use up the scraps to make a few fun cards, too!

I’ll be back next week with another card and the fabulous Dazzlers!!!

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Locker Room:

Hi friends,

Melissa with you here again and I’ve got another card to share with you, today, using the beautiful May Sorbet Kit! Today, I want to help you think “outside of the box” a bit. When I saw this sheet of lovely paper, from Pinkfresh Studio, in the kit – I knew I wanted to utilize it on a card. I could go the typical route and cut out a square, or two, to layer and create a sentiment. However, the more I thought about, the more I wanted to see how much I could pack on a card. A standard A2 (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) sized card.

So, I busted out the scissors and got snipping! And snipping! And snipping!

“This is very therapeutic”, I thought! And, I the design was beginning to take shape in my brain. I got pretty excited to showcase how to use all the little bits in your kit and to make it go farther!
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After I got it all snippy snipped, I arranged the pieces, just so, on my card base. That was fun too. Almost like a puzzle but, more fun. At least to me. I’m not a huge fan of puzzles. 😉

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Then, the next step came. How can I dress this card up more and keep using up all the awesome items in this kit??? We have those awesome buttons and all the gorgeous ephemera. Oh… this could get fun! So, I stuck and I layered and put.

Here is the final product:

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Yeah??? How fun is that?

I managed to include just about every color and imagery from this collection. Which, I was really happy about because I really love all the designs with this paper collection. It’s so pretty and light with a nice mod twist to it.

Here are a few close ups to show the layers and dimension:

So fun! This kit is SO fun! And I just know you are going to create and create and create with it. Don’t have one yet? Well, allow me to send you to the right place to get your own May Sorbet Kit! <—just click on that link.

And, I do hope that you enjoyed my post today! Happy creating!

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