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.

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

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!

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


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

MSM's Solemn Stillness

I'm in the Christmas card making / challenge participation / sharing mood.  Today's project features the Stampin' Up! Solemn Stillness stamp set  (Can you hear the Christmas hymn?) and a traditional Christmas color combination with gold accents!  


This is no one layer wonder; however, it will ship flat, a feature helps greatly when sending out bunches of Christmas cards to the individuals on our Christmas card list! The "WOW!" factor comes from the Zing Glitter Gold embossing powder; add to that, gold sequin stars, gold cord and a brushed gold cardstock panel.  

The card size is 6 x 4.5.  There are some vanilla envelopes I wish to use and I wanted to maximize the usage of a precious 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock.   LOL.  

I love the stamped off tree image and I definitely love the gold trim!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Have  moo'valous day!


Stamps: Solemn Stillness, Christmas Greetings
Paper: BG Figgy (6x6); SU! Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Brushed Gold
Ink: SU! Always Artichoke; Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink; SC Color Theory Inky Black
Accessories: Zing Glitter Finish Gold EP; SU! Gold Cord; SC Gold Sequins; Black Brads

Monday, November 3, 2014

MSM's Be Merry

Today's CAS (Clean And Simple) challenge over on SCS focuses on non-traditional Christmas cards. I am taking a class over on Studio Calico called "Send Joy", taught by Lisa Spangler.  This is a CASE of one of three cards she demonstrated, using a cool ink technique!  


This non traditional Christmas card has a trendy vibe with its two toned (blue / green) triangles that serve as evergreen trees.   It is definitely CAS in design, containing white space upon which the eye can rest.

This was a fun challenge using something other than the traditional red + green for Christmas cards or white + blue for Winter Holiday cards.

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



Stamps: SC Send Joy
Paper: PTI White
Ink: SC Color Theory (Mint Hint, Lime Light, Emerald City, Inky Black), Brilliance Galaxy Gold
Accessories: Krylon 18 kt Gold Leafing Pen, mini mister (water), foam squares, SC gold sequins & stars, SC craft die O Christmas Tree