yay friday! i have really been making an effort to start taking weekends off to spend with my family and hubby is off today too!
i escaped for a lunch date with my buddy suzanne (love her to pieces and don’t see her nearly enough!) i am plotting and scheming so i can be her driving buddy next weekend when she goes to ohio to teach.
as i was driving to lunch i noticed the first hints of fall color on the tops of the trees. i am ALWAYS excited about that. where i grew up (south louisiana) we did not have the whole fall color explosion – it was only something i heard about and thought didn’t really exist! the first time i saw it when i moved to missouri i was AMAZED and it still amazes me now. virginia is not quite the explosion of color missouri was but it is still quite beautiful. if we ever plant trees in our yard that is one of the main characteristics i will be looking for! perhaps one of these days we will trek up north for fall foliage in the new england states…
i was anxious to get to work in my newly re-organized studio so i decided to make a scrapbook layout. i am trying to re-focus and get away from cards (i don’t need another one) and get back to what i love to do and feel is more useful and that is layouts. i had some snow themed card candy laying on my table and decided i wanted to use it finally. i made it TWO years ago and you can see the post HERE – i had the blue and white snow flurry one out. so i made a two page layout in preparation for the snowfall i am HOPING we get:
so i set to work – first obstacle – i did not have any patterned paper i wanted to use. no problem! i will just make my own the way i did back in the day before i got over involved in my color-a-stamp-make-a-card rut. i decide i will mix up some Perfect Pearls shimmer mists and whip out some masks with my cricut and get spraying. and this is where my crafty serenity ended.
cut masks with my cricut from the plastic mat covers – easy peasy – done it a million times. however my cricuts have been somewhat neglected as well and are not as second nature to me as they used to be – especially since i just started using the E2. BUT i am happy because i can use the Cricut Imagine Snow Angel cart in my E2 and use the snowflakes on it for my masks. This cartridge is my fave of all the cricut cartridges ever released EVER. EVER EVER EVER. but i got it AFTER winter last year and have not used it yet. so i set to work and here is what i ended up with:
SOOOOO much wasted space and notice at the bottom – it spread things out onto 2 pages! ok. i kno whow to fix this. i will get out of the cricut dark ages and lay it out in cricut craft room and cut. i have not used CCR yet. yes i know – something else that has fallen by the wayside that i intend to correct. so i lay it all out and……..can’t cut. i have to do updates. ok. so i get those done and………can’t cut. need to install drivers. ok so i get that done (after searching the cricut message board to figure out how) and………….can’t cut. i spend the rest of the day plus a good bit of the next morning trying to figure out what the problem is. i never do get it resolved. instead i give up and go back to the 2 page layout and tweak it a little so i can get it on one page. ok time to cut and…………my neglected mat is not sticky enough so it is a disaster. ok – pull out my trusty painters tape, stick away spray and stick and spray and set to work fixing my mats back up to useable condition. FINALLY i have some useable masks made – good GRIEF.
SO i set about making my paper – which WAS serenity thank goodness! i am a mixed media girl. it’s what makes me happy. i mixed three shades of blue perfect pearl mist – light, medium and dark – using water, perfect pearl powder and reinker in mini misters. then i just laid my masks on my white paper and misted away! i started with a couple of the largest ones and my lightest mist. then medium ones and medium mist (overlap is good) and finally smaller masks and the darkest mist. then let it dry. i did not put any sort of adhesive on the masks – it isn’t really necessary – just mist from a distance so you don’t move your mask and mist LIGHTLY so you don’t saturate your paper.
next i dug up some snowflake stamps – i am seriously lacking on snowflake stamps BTW. not sure how that’s possible…..i also pulled out the stampendous frantage embossing enamels i am so enamored with lately. i stamped a few random flakes and used shabby blue and aged silver. then i added some of both to my corners and edges in a few spots and then sprinkled in some Art Institute Gala Glitz in white and teal along with some chunky silver glitter. if you don’t have any Gala Glitz you NEED some – love the stuff! it is a delicious mix of glitters, vintage glass shard glitters, & microbeads in different sizes:
Once my paper was done i set about creating my layout. and serenity left again. WOW am i out of practice. i can make a card in my sleep but i really struggled over this lo. luckily my most fave partner in crime and sister from another mister Cat was on hand on google talk for some moral support! now you may notice i did not use my card candy pieces. well that’s because when i was looking at the Snow Angel images while making my masks i just HAD to use some of the images and they did not quite match the color of the card candy – OH WELL! this cartridge may very well be the one i use for all of my Christmas cards too! here are some close ups for ya ending with one of my sweet baby kitten, Bubba:
the sparkly border is Best Creations glitter paper and a Martha Stewart deep edge border punch.
AND my little Bubba trying to stuff himself into one of Pezza’s puzzle boxes – look at that gorgeous Maine Coon tail!!!!
do YOU love heat embossing or is it a dieing art so to speak? are you like me and just mesmerized by the process of watching the powder melt like magic? wish you knew hot to do it but aren’t quite sure? anyone else excited about fall arriving? do your leaves change color? let me know what you’re thinking!