It’s A Dead Man’s Party . . . we hope that you can come!

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It’s time for a little spooky fun, at the Dead Man’s Halloween party! This fun-loving skeleton crew design was a bit of a challenge. I had very tiny pieces all laid out on my workspace, and as long as I didn’t breathe hard or had a visit from my kitty assistants, setting everything in place with a pair of craft tweezers was more of a trick than a treat! The finished piece is a little too big for a card, but that detailed piece of Memory Box paper was just too beautiful to cut. I used a total of 20 different steel craft dies to create about 149 separate slips of paper that came together on the finished tableau. My favorite element is the small hydrangea blooms from the Poppystamps new release, and the shiny Memory Box pearl centers that make up these dapper gentleman’s boutineers. Have a spooky, magical Halloween, and save me a Snickers bar!

Live your life in color!

michele-sig-new

Dia de los Muertos

 

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The colorful Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos, is celebrated around the world as a traditional celebration of family and remembrance. I love the beautiful culture of Mexico, and wish all my Latino friends around the world prosperity and happiness!

To make this colorful holiday card, gather up a collection of all your Memory Box and Poppystamps dies and get to work! Here’s what I used! Memory Box: Elegant Scrollwork, Bright Lanterns, Party Glasses, Dancing Skeleton, Holiday Hats, and Snowflake Corner. Poppystamps: Wildflower Patch, Ivy Tendrils, Birthday Candles, Trulani Wreath, and Small Hydrangea Blooms. Make it colorful, make it detailed, and make it fun!

Live your life in color!

michele-sig-new

Think Pink

 

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The calendar page has been turned to October, and all month long, we have been wrapped in a pretty world of pink ribbon. There’s been benefits and charity walks, pink balloons and shoe strings, and even players from the NFL have been wearing pink shoes and gloves on game day.

Happily, we celebrate all the women and men who have defeated breast cancer. We call them warriors and survivors and admire their courage and strength to continue on when the cancer, the chemo and the recovery has taken its toll. They are the face of cancer.

Sadly, we remember all the women and men who lost their courageous battle in the fight to rid the cancer from their bodies. Their own strength and bravery just wasn’t enough to defeat such a powerful enemy. Now their children, their husbands, sisters and brothers, friends and families must  go on without them. They are also the face of cancer.

And then it’s October again. While we are making tremendous strides in the fight against breast cancer, for many women, it’s still not enough. So we wear the pink ribbons for them, to remind the world that even though we have come a long way, there is so much farther we need to go to end this terrible disease. Join the fight, and do what you can to arm the warriors in the battle of their lives.

Live your life in color. Live your life in pink.

michele-sig-new

Monster Makeover IV

 

 

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Tuscaloosa’s Monster Makeover is even bigger in 2013, it’s fourth year! This October, over 80 local area artists from the Southeastern United States designed their own scary monster artwork inspired by 60 young first grade students from Westwood Elementary School. The volunteer artists, like myself and my graphic designer husband, chose a child’s magic marker drawing and interpreted the image in their own medium. At the closing reception and auction on October 24, artists and junior artists came together for an evening of ghoulish fun and frolic! A local band played some Halloween favorites while the visitors to the Bama Theater admired and bid on really unique paintings, sculptures, digital designs, mixed media, jewelry and woodwork. One of my favorites was a big bug-like creature designed by engineering students from the University of Alabama on a 3D printer! Since I work with paper layers and color, I re-imagined Christian Lugo’s jello blobbed sea monster with dozens of eyes as a colorful underwater creature, all made with paper cuts and craft tweezers! Memory Box and Poppystamps fans will recognize a few of their favorite dies, and how I made the sea monsters come alive with foamy pop dots.

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All the art pieces are photographed in a beautiful full-color paperback book that’s available for the great price of only $25. The book features the child’s art, the artist’s depiction and the artists’ statements. But the great part is, all the money raised from the books and art auction goes directly to Arts in Education in West Alabama. It’s a creative way to give back to my adopted Southern community. So far, our Monster Makeover group has raised over $10,000!

If you’d like to purchase one of the beautiful published books from Monster Makeover IV, or would like to make a donation to the Arts in Education grants program, please let me know and I’ll make it happen. Have a colorfully spooky Halloween!

Live your life in color!

michele-sig-new

October Afternoon

 

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The bright sunny skies we’ve been seeing all October have inspired me to create a design in honor of one of my favorite American artists, Charley Harper. Harper created whimsical paintings of animals in bright, vivid color using geometric shapes and patterns. He is probably one of of my biggest artistic influences.

These busy birds were created using Memory Box’s Resting Birds and Flying Birds. The tree is the Viva Tree from Poppystamps. Even with a card that only uses 2 or 3 dies, the details are more important than ever. Each little bird was brought to life with a teeny tiny cut of foam pop dots, and that was a little tricky! Most of the lay-out was done with craft tweezers, but I love the results!

To see a variation of October Afternoon, check out my blog post on today’s Poppystamps blog at http://poppystamps.typepad.com/. To see how Charley Harper has inspired my work, browse through the cards here at Crimson Owl Creations, which are all handmade originals and available for purchase through request.

Live your life in color.

michele-sig-new

First Snow

 

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Live your life in color!

michele-sig-new

Autumn Blackbirds

 

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These happy little blackbirds make it easy to celebrate so many different occasions, like a birthday, an anniversary, or even news of a joyful announcement. By using rich red and orange colors, and a few foam pop dots, you can really make your little blackbirds stand out.

To create Autumn Blackbirds, I used my favorite background piece from the Memory Box brioche collection. The blackbirds were created with the Perched Reed Bird, and happily hop along the branches of Fresh Foliage, and Delicate Fern. Lorelai Leaf, and the shiny Carousel Bird Cage are from Poppystamps. I hope these little blackbirds will help you celebrate your own happy autumn occasions.

Live your life in color!

michele-sig-new