10 June 2016

Friday Focus: Calypso

Hi All! Welcome to the Friday Focus Kraft-y Hearts Blog Share. Today we're taking a look at the beautiful Calypso collection. Perfect for all your summer layouts, cards and crafting projects, Calypso features bright summer colors with fun-in-the-sun images.

For today's project, I decided to play with the Calypso Workshop Your Way, which includes everything you need to create three 2-page 12x12 layouts, 2 cut-apart pages to create a pocket scrapbooking layout, and enough supplies to create 9 cards. 

Let's take a look at the layouts. These were created according to the suggested instructions in the free PDF download. 

Next up, let's take a look at the cards. I used the suggested layouts, but changed up the stamps. The PDF uses the One In A Melon stamp set, which showcases summer fruits and funny sayings. I actually don't have that set, so I created the cards using the Beyond Awesome, Tickled Pink, and Hawaiian Hibiscus stamp sets.

The cards above features the Beyond Awesome stamp set. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink for the "You Are..." flag and Cotton Candy and Canary inks for the sentiments.

For this second style, I used the Tickled Pink stamp set. The cute little flamingo is stamped in Pixie and Cotton Candy inks. I used Whisper for the legs and Canary for the beak. The sentiment is stamped in Tuxedo Black ink.

Finally, I used the Hawaiian Hibiscus stamp set on this third card style. I stamped the images in Champagne ink and used my Prismacolor colored pencils to do a little no-line coloring. Let's take a look.

I colored the above flower a little brighter than I had intended and it really didn't go with the pink in the flamingos that are on the front of this paper. So I flipped the paper over to the pineapple side and added a strip of Canary cardstock instead of the flamingo washi tape. I fussy cut the hibiscus and popped it up with foam tape. It took a while to fussy cut the image, so for the next two cards, I stamped the image directly on the White Daisy cardstock:

Again, I stamped the images in Champagne ink. This time, I colored the flowers with lighter shades of pinks and yellows, which match the pink in the flamingos much better. I stamped "Mahalo" on each card using Tuxedo Black ink.

Here are some close-ups of the flowers:

And there you have it! A look at the Calypso collection. You'll be seeing a lot more of it throughout the summer! In the meantime, hop on over and see what inspiring project my über-talented friend Lynn Darda has for you at From My Bungalow.

Have a wonderfully creative weekend!


  1. WOWIE!!! So much to look at. Love it all. I'm definitely going to look into recreating those "awesome" cards. That stamp set is in my collection but it needs to get inked up.

  2. Now, first of all, I was surprised to see a layout!! This is a great post with so much good artwork in it. I really like that hibiscus, and when I grow up, I want to learn to color like you!

  3. I love your cards! Your coloring on that hibiscus is AWESOME! I have been resisting that stamp set but you are convincing me that I need it, lol. Your eye for color and shading is exceptional!

  4. Holy cow you got a whole lot of fun gorgeousness out of that WYW kit!

  5. Omgoodness, Kim, you are blowing me away with all of these gorgeous projects!! <3