Winter Magic Shaker with Poppystamps!

Hello Everybody!

I am over on the Poppystamps Blog today to celebrate our new release Holiday Blog Blitz from August 2-14! You can see how I made this magical shaker card, find more great inspiration and ideas, and enter this month’s challenge, Beyond Borders,  over at the Poppystamps blog right here:

Did I mention you can WIN too? Every single blog post offers a chance to win one of our new Poppystamps holiday release stamps or dies! All you have to do is leave a comment over on the Poppystamps blog! I’ll see you over there!

Thanks so much for for joining us today!


Verve Stamps: Rustic Winter


If you hurry, you can still make the challenge over at Verve Stamps, and it’s a pretty one! All this rustic winter inspiration reminds me of those long winter days growing up in snowy Wisconsin! You can play along with Verve right here:


I used a few of my favorite Poppystamps and Memory Box dies for this wintry collage.

Thanks for joining me today!

Live your life in color!


Winter Ornament

IMG_0986-wmChristmas week is here! What an exciting time! Today’s card looks very similar to yesterday’s card, and I did that for a reason. I wanted to share with you all a tip that every busy holiday cardmaker knows: creating an entire new card and look can be as easy as simply changing one or two elements. Take another look at Winter Weekend.IMG_0985-wm


The backgrounds are the same: Luxe Background from Poppystamps, one in blue and one in teal. The trees are slightly different: Crafty Tree Background and Twirly Whirly Tree in one, and Winterland Tree and Background in the other. Both have a cute holly and berries embellishment in the corner. But then we have the adorable Woodland Fawn and the Giovanna Snowflake in one, and the Viviro Ornament and Pine Sprigs in the other. We have two very different cards with two different looks.

When I create cards, I sometimes do as many as five or six all at the same time! That’s becoming a lot harder now since we have a new feline kitty addition to our home! I’ll make all the bases at the same time, then cut backgrounds, then start cutting main elements. Sometimes, I’ll pull out all the dies I’m going to use and make a big pile, then just go right down the stack until all my cuts are made. But honestly, you have to be pretty organized to keep them all straight! However, with all six laid out in front of me, it’s easy to see what I’m missing – -until a kitty comes up to supervise or assist! Every single one of them LOVES to lay right on top of my projects!


More often than not, though, I have complicated cards with many tiny inlays or pieces that I have to assemble with a craft tweezers. Then I work with scrap paper envelopes or small cardboard box trays that I use to collect all the pieces in. Sometimes, I may not even know what the final design will be  — only a background or a main idea, so I might start a project, and then return to it later, sometimes thinking about the components for days, trying to get the best color combination or perspective. Sometimes I scrap the entire project and start over!

No matter how and why and where and when you design cards, a fresh new crafting year is right around the corner! It’s a wonderful time to try new techniques, new color combinations, and new challenges! Crimson Owl Creations will be trying new things for 2015 too! Join us for blog candy giveaways, featured guest designers, designer “tips” and “secrets,” and more guest appearances from my feline assistants!

Have a wonderful 2014 wrap up, and live your life in color!





Winter Weekend


It’s our last weekend before Christmas, when all the wonders of winter seem fresh and magical! It’s a weekend filled with walks in the snow, ice skating, looking at the Christmas lights around town, maybe a winter snowman if fresh flakes are on the way! Last minute shopping and wrapping, the smell of gingerbread and cookies in the air, the sound of a husband watching the first college bowl games. It is a special time, before the gifts must be exchanged, the messes must be cleaned up, the snows get too deep, and the winter gets too cold. Enjoy this weekend while you can!

Live your life in color!


Joyful Christmas Village: Poppystamps


Hello holiday fans! Today I’m over on the Poppystamps Blog with a festive new holiday card! Here is a little sneak peek!

You can see my design and a lot more beautiful holiday inspiration over at


Enjoy the holiday season, and live your life in color!


Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2014: Day 9


The Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2014 continues over at Ellen Hutson’s In the Classroom Blog! Today’s tag was inspired by Day #9, Sandy Allnock. Sandy created an adorable winter scene with a polar bear amongst the trees. I was inspired by the trees and the northern sky, and added my own Polaris, northern star.

Enjoy the rest of your wintry season, and live your life in color!

Michele Sig NEW

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2014: Day 4


It’s time for another TAG! I’m playing along with the wonderful folks at Ellen Hutson’s In the Classroom Blog, and their inspiring 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2014! Today’s tag was inspired by Day 4 of the challenge, Kelly Alvarez.

Kelly’s tag features an adorable little winter seal with a scalloped layered paper background. So for my tag, I created a sweet little polar bear, another wonderful winter animal in a blue scarf! I created the background by using a plastic texture stencil from Memory Box, blue and green ink, and some heat embossing powder to create the honeycomb background. Feels like winter to me!

Live your life in color!

Michele Sig NEW