ready for snow LO!

hi all!

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:

yummy i say!  once i got everything in my pile i heated from BENEATH so i didn’t blow it all off.

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:

Page 1

some of the handmade patterned paper and adorable cuts from Snow Angel.

the sparkly border is Best Creations glitter paper and a Martha Stewart deep edge border punch.

more cuts, more glitter paper – the white paper represents the picture and will be replaced.  also added a few snowflake skittles.

Page 2

i love my little snowman face skittles on the fabric yoyos – easy to make with a clover yoyo maker!

Pulled out my Studio G stamps for some mini stamping – i still LOVE them but i don’t like the newer ones as much as the older styles.

AND my little Bubba trying to stuff himself into one of Pezza’s puzzle boxes – look at that gorgeous Maine Coon tail!!!!

well that’s it from me!  i am looking forward to a fun family weekend!

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!

hugs

CC246: Sweet Christmas Wishes

ahhhhhh finally OK to be completely on the subject of CHRISTMAS!!!!!  Black Friday shopping is really what gets my christmas motor going.  so i made Trev drag all the tubs of Christmas decorations up and i hope to get it all done this weekend.  of course hubby decided to fix all the drywall issues in the boys bathroom this weekend too so i will be doing the painting in there when it’s done so we’ll see how far i get!  i  do FINALLY have a project to share today too!

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i used the gorgeous little candle nestie frame stamp my mom designed for me but a totally different technique for it:

for this card i used the SCS color challenge CC246: pretty in pink, old olive, bermuda bay & neutrals – odd i thought but i LOVE how it turned out!  i decided i needed lots of neutral and then hints of the other colors.  i used Very Vanilla and ran it through the Swiss Dots CB embossing folder.  then i edged the pieces in Versamagic Spanish Olive with my foam blending tool.  i also ran the foam very lightly over the embossing.  i used my fave ek success edge punch on the bermuda bay paper, and found some green ribbon in my stash that was a close match along with a polymer clay embellie from my collection.

i just happened to have this piece of paper i had done up with pink & silver alcohol inks sitting on my table and thought it was a great match for the color combo.  so instead of doing the usual stamp and color i stamped with versamark and used some detail silver embossing powder.  the embossed *joy* image in the center is a studio G of course (love those things – the most useful stamps in my collection i must say!)

it mad for a simple and quick card to put together!  i tried regular white embossing powder but it really needed to be DETAILED powder, which i don’t have in white ACK!  might need to remedy that…….

so what do y’all think??

anyone else doing their decorating this weekend????  if so have fun!

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Stamps: Pezadoodle Designs- Candle Frame; Studio G – sentiment

Ink: Versamark; Versamagic – Spanish Olive (these little dew drops are 20% off right now!)

Paper: SU – Very Vanilla, Pretty In Pink, Old Olive, Bermuda Blue

The Rest: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Foam Ink Blending Tool, Ek Success Edge Punch, ribbon, clay embellie, Nestie Scallop Rectangle

CAS19 & OCCC: double duty get well gift set!

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Today’s project covers TWO challenges AND  a new technique video from over on stamp TV that Gina K put up recently!  the technique is really neat though subtle so it was hard to get a photo that did it justice. you start with a piece of alcoho ink polished stone paper – basic alcohol ink application.  use ranger glossy paper and 2-3 colors of alcohol ink with a metallic mixative, dab randomly over paper, add blending solution to your felt piece and dab again.

Next take a stamp that you would normally color in, stamp onto your polished stone using versamark, emboss with black.  finally color in all or part of your image carefully with bleach – some colors bleach out and others don’t so you get a very interesting effect.

The OCC Challenge is to use border punches – how easy is that??  and the CAS19 challenge was a sketch.

and now the project:

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Get well set

So far the set includes a card, tea bag folder, gift tag, cough drops and a soothing vapor plug in.  i also ordered some eucalyptus handmade bath items that are just gorgeous from RachelRene on etsy and will add those when they arrive.  I URGE you to go check out this shop as she has some GREAT stuff!  Be sure and tell her i sent you over!  BTW etsy is THE greatest place to shop i swear!  if you don’t shop there regularly you really should!

I am trying to get some gift sets together to keep on hand too – would be SO much easier – i have been perusing etsy and picking up things i see here and there and everything is just SO top notch!  i am hoping by the time the holiday season rolls around i will have NOTHING i need to do!

what are your favorite gift set ideas or items??  i would REALLY love to hear some thoughts and ideas for all occasions!!

hugs

M

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Stamps: pink cat studios
Paper: SU sage shadow, almost amethyst, basic black, ranger glossy white
Ink: alcohol inks – eggplant, cool peri, juniper, silver mixative; versamark
Accessories: black embossing powder, bleach, paint brush, fiskars border punch, pezabling acrylic squares, liquid pearls – lavendar lace
Techniques: bleached polished stone
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