Monday, January 13, 2014

Look, I'm Stamping!


It's been awhile!  I find it harder and harder to get stamping when all the boys (hubby included) are home.  But  the kids are really back in school*, I feel my mojo returning now that the house really feels like the holidays are completely put away and chores I let go a bit while we were enjoying being on vacation are done and back on track.  I have always loved the color, so for its silky smoky, mysterious elegance.  I have gray boots,  gray polish, and I love how it has been more on trend the past few years.  It never looks "sad" or "cold" to me, always feels soft and chic.  How did I never have a gray cat before now?  I just love Sadie's glossy, changing coat, that looks like liquid mercury as she zips down the hall, slate blue on our couch, or a silvery fur throw languishing in this spot for a catnap where I usually photograph my cards.  So, I decided to jump back in with a gray card!

Stamped the butterflies from Stamper's Favorites in Moonlit Fog first on White Pure Luxury.  Card base is Pure Luxury Silver Lining.  Pardon the green tint in my sponging I picked up a dauber that looked like it went with my Gina K. Moonlit Fog pad but alas, not quite (Grass Green and Black? Fresh Asparagus and Fog?  Anywho.  All my color labels on my daubers have worn off, time to touch those up!)  I layered over more Moonlit Fog ink and just a touch of Black Onyx at the corners, and stamped on just a bit of the sand image from my Gifts from the Sea set to add the speckles.  I added a flourish from Carolyn's Elegant Flourishes stamped in Black Onyx.  I intended for this to be  a monochromatic card but since the green snuck in there (again, oops)  I added come Crystal Stickles to the butterfly (colored just a bit with C-5 Copic), clear sparkling shimmer with a just touch of green glitter bits.  Last I added some white organdy.  That's it!  This card is for this week's STV Mix it Up Monday challenge by Cat, to use something shiny!  Lots of shiny here. :)

* We came close to missing the first day back.  The entire winter break I had it in my mind first day back was Wednesday, Jan 8th.  Yeah, I know that sounds random in the middle of the week, but they do that to us sometimes!  I only found out because William came back from a friend's late Monday afternoon in tears saying his friend's mom brought him home because they needed to wrap up their play date earlier than usual since it was a school night, but we thought we still had one more evening of fun and staying up late.  "No, that's not right, William, let me show you."  Well, I checked and sure enough, they were headed back Tuesday! Whoops!  Ugh!  He was devastated.  So, I had to run and get an emergency "last night of vacay" pizza and ice cream and family movie to take the edge off.  Worked.

15 comments:

Sean Fetterman said...

Mel....this is a gorgeous card! I can't believe how big Mo is already! So sweet! Big hugs! Seanie

Kathryn A said...

Love this card! The speckles add great depth and I love the shine! I also love Sadie! What a cute kitty!!

Betty said...

Love how you 'upped' to the wrong color and made it work. If you hadn't said anything no one would have known. Very pretty card and looks like you have a great helper.

Patti J said...

Beautifully done, dear girl! So glad to see you posting again, and what a relief to know that you have such 'good help' with your creations! Hugs...

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a beautiful card and I truely believe that the wrong color worked out fanatastic...so not a "boo boo" but a wonderful discovery!

Jan Castle said...

Stunning and elegant card....glad you saved the day with pizza for the kids and could still get your card done...you are a great Mom!
Jan

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Beautiful card. I love that butterfly and all the images from Stamper's Favorites. They are such fun to color, though I still need some help coloring the hummingbird. Hope you've got a tutorial in the works for that.

catdidit said...

What a gorgeous creation Mel! Ive always felt the same way about gray too! :D And you kitty and my kitty be cousins! Shady has long hair though.

Melanie said...

Thanks for the suggestion, Judy! Sounds like the hummer should be my next video! Look for a post this week asking for which specific sets and techniques you want to see in my upcoming videos! :)

Jacqueline P said...

That is sharp! Never thought about using gray like that.

Jackie P

Betty Neville said...

This is gorgeous, Melanie! I think the patches of green look great - would never have known that you did not intend to use it! Kitty is gorgeous too, unique shade of gray - beautiful!

Donna Phelan said...

Absolutely stunning card! Glad you're getting inky again! I feel so bad for your son, THAT is the equivalent of drinking the last sip of your coffee and not knowing to enjoy it! HA!

Lagene said...

Beautiful card, you certainly know how to make grey into AWESOME! I love your back to school almost snafoo :-)

Melanie said...

...and Donna, I'd even told him earlier that day when he was so miserable the break was *almost* over that he could stay up til midnight if he was able since it was the LAST night! doh!!

Carole Renneker said...

Your kitty sure looks comfy and what a beauty she is. Your Card is Gorgeous! I'm a big fan of gray, silver and oops green.:) Like my son told me the other day when I told him I goofed, No you didn't Mom, that was your subconscious artist letting you know it didn't belong there.