Monster Makeover V

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Happy Halloween! Since its spooky inception five years ago, Monster Makeover, sponsored by the Tuscaloosa News, has brought together young student artists and area community members in an annual auction and festival to raise money for arts education here in West Alabama. This year, first grade students from Tuscaloosa Academy were selected to draw and write about their scariest monsters. Then, local area artists re-imagine the children’s work in their own spooky way. This year, the event moved to a beautiful new venue, the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum, and was a huge success. As the only paper artist, every year I wonder if my monster will be a big hit, and this year, it was bigger than ever! My paper monster creation, inspired by student Declan McInerry, was exhibited alongside an impressive variety of artwork this year – -life-sized mask sculptures, a spidery fabric creation, a wooden chair, oil and acrylic paintings, mixed media collage, ceramic sculpture, and many more! So far, Monster Makeover has raised over $16,000 to benefit arts programs in Tuscaloosa schools. Last night’s event will raise that bar even higher.

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At last night’s event, artists, adults, and children, many dressed in costume, bid on their favorite spooky art. My scary orange roly poly guy is sitting on a table in the middle of the museum, with a beautiful silver jewelry piece to the left and a colorful sculpture to the right. Declan’s framed drawing sits in front.

 

Off to the show! I wore a black jersey tank dress, orange spider socks and my favorite Mary Janes . . and a black velvet cape! Very subtle yet a lot of fun! On the way home, my husband and I stopped at a local store to pick up some extra trick-or-treat candy, and was met at the door by an adorable family on their way out. I heard the little boy behind me happily shout, “Look, mommy, she’s a witch!”

Have a very happy and safe Halloween!

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Live your life in color!

Michele Sig NEW

Pink Christmas Wishes

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October is drawing to a close, but before we usher it out in a sea of Halloween ghosts and goblins, let’s all remember another great reason to think pink thoughts in October – – Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I was inspired for a pink and brown Christmas card by Jean Okimoto, who is a member of the Memory Box Design Team. She posted a beautiful pink and brown Christmas card for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with a great idea. Jean suggested we make a pink card in October, and give it to someone battling breast cancer in December. I think that’s a great idea, Jean!

So I’d like to dedicate my card to a number of women I have known who have fallen victim to breast cancer, but sadly will not be here to celebrate Christmas this year. With all the celebration of the many survivors who have emerged victorious in their battle with breast cancer, it’s easy to forget there are so many more who have not. These truly brave women were the pioneers of medical treatments that were new and experimental many years ago, but are standard procedures today. Thanks to them, more and more women are surviving every day. But their fight is not over yet. We stand strong with you all, and cherish each and every holiday we have together.

Many your Christmas this year be a merry one.

Live your life in color.

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Spooky Eyes

 

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Halloween is right around the corner! Some of you have even been out trick-or-treating this weekend already! So today, I have a special treat. I made this spooky little creature card for the Poppystamps Blog that appeared this weekend. You can see my projects along with great Poppystamps inspiration every day by going here:

http://poppystamps.typepad.com/poppystamps

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Hold on to your treat bag, because there’s more! If you hop on over to the Poppystamps Blog TODAY, you will have arrived at the very first day of our newest release Blog Blitz! See our latest designs and enter for your chance to win amazing new prizes every day. What a boooootiful way to celebrate!

Live your life in color!

Michele Sig NEW

Shine, My Friend

 

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Today is an absolutely beautiful day here in Western Alabama. The sun is ablaze in a vivid blue sky and the air is cool and crisp. Long steaks of golden sun poke through the forest, illuminating the bright oranges and yellows of changing leaves in a sea of green. So shine, my friendly sun, as long as you can. Shine, before the days get short and the shadows close in.

Live your life in color.

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Sweet, Spooky Kitty

 

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This is my sweet kitty Omar! Omar is a shelter kitty — we adopted him when he was small enough to fit into the palm of my hand! Omar is completely black, which makes him very popular during Halloween. Black kitties need extra special love and care not just during Halloween, but all year long. Omar helps me in my art studio every day, especially during the photo shoots. Today he is assisting me with a bright and scary Halloween card, made with Poppystamps and Memory Box dies.

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Happy Halloween! May your candy bucket be filled with treats all year long!

Live your life in color!

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Christmas Blooms

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This delicate poinsettia flower has been one of my favorite designs all season! I created it for the Poppystamps Blog earlier this week, and if you haven’t had a chance to hop on over and check out their beautiful inspirations, then here’s your opportunity now!

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You can find my version of the Grand Luxe Poinsettia Outline and Background combo, along with ideas from the rest of our brand new Poppystamps Design Team, ready for a season of card making and holiday wishes. Check out our monthly challenges and win fabulous prizes. November’s Challenge, Falloween Fun, continues to the end of the month, giving you plenty of time to enter a project of your own and win! Look for our next challenge and prize on December 1st. But there’s another great reason to keep an eye on Poppystamps before then! Keep watching, and enjoy the start of the holiday season!

Live your life in color!

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Fall Fun!

 

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I’ve only been golfing for a few years now – -seven, to be exact, which is how long I have been married. After my future husband proposed, my future father-in-law gave me a beautiful set of pink golf clubs and a matching bag. I thought I would HATE it, but the very first time I stepped onto a golf course I knew it was for me. We try to golf as often as we can, which of course is never enough. My husband’s parents are retired now, and golf all over the United States. I hope they’ll make it to Scotland soon. I made this golf card for them, to celebrate a happy day in their lives that they celebrated by playing golf. Here’s to our fine folks! Many happy days ahead!

Live your life in color!

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