Saturday, December 13, 2014

Solemn Stillness GOLD

The gilded age has returned!  


I love the sparkle, especially the Zing! Glitter Finish Gold embossing powder!  I'm not certain I'm impressed with the Mister Huey Gold.  In the right light, it shimmers nicely; otherwise, meh.  While I wish I had tried it without the Mister Huey Gold, I'm very happy with how it turned out otherwise! Mister Huey plays a big role in this card though.  LOL. Maybe it will grow on me some more.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a moo'valous day!

Stamps: SU! Solemn Stillness
Paper: SU! Very Vanilla & Brushed Gold
Ink: Brilliance Galaxy Gold, Versamark
Accessories: SC Mister Huey (Gold); SU! gold cord, Gold Glory EP; Zing Glitter Finish Gold EP

Friday, December 12, 2014

MSM's Solemn Stillness

I need 16 - 20 more Christmas cards.  (sigh)  I thought I had enough.  No worries.  I'm having fun making cards.  I checked in with my go-to challenges over on SCS: CAS, Color Challenge and Sketch Challenge.  I figured I best pick a stamp set first.  So, I picked another go-to: SU!'s Solemn Stillness.  There are so many possibilities with this stamp set.

Next, I chose the color challenge:  Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake and Pool Party.  Really? Pool Party. That name so does not go with winter in Kentucky.  LOL.  BUT, adding touches of silver and bouncing off the Sketch Challenge, it made a lovely card.


I made four of this style, which is my favorite number for successful mass production.  I probably could do up to 10 maximum.  But, I did four.  And am very happy with them.

Stay tuned for more variations on Solemn Stillness!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a moo'valous day!

Stamps: SU! Solemn Stillness & Christmas Greetings
Paper: SU! Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Pool Party & Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Accessories: SU! Sterling Silver DP & silver cord

Friday, November 14, 2014

MSM's Green Goblin

Virtual Scrapbooking Night challenges are happening over on SCS.  

Challenge 1: Celebrating babies in our lives:  Babies have many different definitions in my mind. I immediately think of newborns. But babies include infants, toddlers, young children, grandbabies, friend’s kids, and even heritage baby pictures. So many of us consider our pets as our babies. I still consider my 25 and 28 year old as my babies. So, your Babies Challenge, is open to include all that you consider your babies.

Challenge 1 Rules: 
• Use monochromatic colors for this page. (All shades of one color such as all blues or pinks, or greens, reds, or blacks.)
• Label the names of the people in your pictures. This can be a title, journal box, label strips, or other creative idea.
• Complete a one or two page layout.
• Add two additional embellishments. 

Here is my interpretation:


The monochromatic orange color scheme with pops of black looks wonderful with the Green Goblin!  My two additional embellishments were the black grid that I cut into three pieces and the black sequins.  In this project, the orange washi tape serves as an paper element, rather than as an embellishment. The "make magic" panel is a silkscreened acrylic paint on watercolor paper.  

It's been quite a while since I have played in VSBN.  I hope to create some more pages.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a moo'valous day!

Paper: Basic Grey for Studio Calico x 2; ProvoCraft Jack O Lantern Spooks; Canson Watercolor Paper
Accessories: Accessories: Studio Calico - (from The Underground kits: black grid, "make magic" silkscreen), CT acrylic paint (Orange County), CT alpha (Inky Black), Sequins (black); Target - orange washi tape; Tim & Beck for SC - Tiny Alpha Stickers; Thickers Sotheby's Charcoal
Techniques: Silkscreen

Thursday, November 13, 2014

MSM's Season of Thanks

This week's color challenge over on SCS is "Crisp Coral Crumbs".  That is:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral and Crumb Cake.  I'm still loving the look of the direct-to-paper technique I experimented with yesterday for Monday's CAS challenge:  stamp-a-pad..


Lately, I've been inspired by projects featuring "color blocks".  I'm looking forward to trying this on a larger canvas!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a moo'valous day!

Stamps: SU! Season of Thanks
Paper: PTI White, SU! Crumb Cake
Ink: Studio Calico Color Theory (Blush Crush, Coral Bay, Creme Brulee, Inky Black)
Techniques: Direct to Paper

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

MSM's Merry & Bright, more or less

I'm playing in the CAS challenge over on SCS again this week.  This week's challenge is "stamp a pad".


I used a technique called direct to paper to create the paint swipes using three shades of blue for an ombre look.  I really do like that pop of black.  That's the more version, only because it has three more sequins!  LOL.


This is the less version.  It's fun to do a more & less version, interesting to see the differences.  I can't make up my mind which one I like better.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a moo'valous day!

Paper: PTI White, SU! Basic Black
Ink: SC Color Theory (Glass Slipper, Clear Blue, Something Blue)
Accessories: Sewing Machine, Silhouette Cut File, SC sequins (black)
Techniques: Direct to paper, Sewing



Friday, November 7, 2014

MSM's Garfield's Bright Idea

Halloween 2014.  Garfield decides to play a trick.  At first I thought it was Dale playing a trick.  It all started when he announced that Garfield caught a mouse.  

I looked at my husband in disbelief.  This is Garfield we're taking about.  Garfield, whose hunting skills would put him in the "starve to death" category if there were to be no Purina Cat Chow being served.  

Yeah, right, I said.  He probably picked up something Princess or Freddy left. 

Oh no, Dale said.  It's alive.  

Garfield caught a mouse.

That's what I said hon.

Later, Dale goes outside and Garfield runs inside.  With the mouse in his mouth!  He drops it and it hops along the wall of the shop!  

OMG!  AAAAHHHHHHH!  I have on rubber rain boots, shorts and no socks.  Those suckers jump! AUGH!  Garfield and Lincoln are hiding under the table, peeking out, because I am screaming.  

Later, as I stop by the shop to get my hug & kiss before I head off to work, Dale is so proud.  He moved the extra flooring and out hops the mouse.  Garfield caught it.  Dale proceeds to show me some gnawed up carcass in the cat yard.  Um, Dale, that's not the mouse.  Where's the mouse?

Yes it is; that's the mouse.  Garfield caught the mouse.

It's awfully small.

Garfield's been chewing on it.

Okey-dokey.  You want a picture of that hon?


Garfield.  What a cat.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

MSM's Merry Christmas + Paint

I'm so in love with the acrylic paint in the cool tubes from Studio Calico's Color Theory line.  

Let me tell you a story.

My vision, inspired by a card from the Send Joy class taught by Lisa Spangler.


Firstly, I had none of the supplies for the card demonstrated in the class.  As a master counterfeiter (ahem) with a Silhouette cut file and a masked a portion of a sentiment from the SU! stamp set Christmas Greetings, I was good to go! 

I love the die cut "Christmas" backed with SU! Cherry Cobbler, cut using my lovely Cameo.   Using my handy stamp-a-ma-jig, I positioned "Merry" and stamped it in SC Color Theory Emerald City.   Not my favorite green, but it is a really nice green for Christmas cards!  Then I squished some of that same not so favorite green into my tray, grabbed a paint brush and got to swathing paint!  I had only die cut four cards...and ooops, I had way too much paint in my tray.  Since it comes in nifty cool tubes, there was no way to "save" it, nor was I washing it down the drain.  I decided to use the rest on six more card bases and eventually came up with this:


This one might be my favorite of the three.  Funny how that works out.  

When I was gluing sequins on the die cut card, I didn't realize that T-2 (cat) had knocked one of the die cut cards off the desk until I was all set & done!  So, I wound up one like this:


I just call that my "less" version.  I sorta like it better than the "more" version.  And I really have a thing for sequins.  Hmmm...

That other green is called Mint Hint, another "favorite" (ahem) green of mine.  However, I will say, again, that they look moo'valous together on a Christmas card.

Green is my favorite color.  However, I tend to lean towards a true John Deere green and a more yellow green than blue green.  I do not like SU! Certainly Celery or any relatives, such as Mint Hint.  LOL.  That may change.  Who knows.  But I did get rid of every single sheet of SU! Certainly Celery I had.  Maybe it reminds me of limp, stringy celery and "ants on a log."

Well, that's 10 more fun, easy & WOW Christmas cards.  Bonus points for flat & easy mailing!

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