"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover

"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover
This Coloring Book was featured in the TV show Make It Artsy.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Book Review: The Inkblots


Many years ago, when I was in school studying to become a Clinical Psychologist, I was learning about the various tests and assessments used to understand the human mind. One test in particular was extremely intriguing to me - The Rorschach Inkblots. What one saw in these ambiguous ink blots helped the psychologist read into one's thoughts and perceptions. Later, while researching for my Master's thesis about the role of emotions in choosing a visual art form, I looked for materials relating to Hermann Rorschach and found almost nothing. So, when I saw this book The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test and The Power of Seeing by Damion Searls, I knew I had to read it. And I am glad I did.

The author explored unpublished letters, diaries and previously unknown interviews with Rorschach’s family, friends, and colleagues to create this beautifully written and first-ever biography of Hermann Rorschach. Son of an artist and a visual artist himself, Rorschach absorbed not only the theories of Freud and Jung but also the aesthetic movements of his time, from Futurism to Dadaism. But he was convinced that the truth of who we are lies in our perception, in what we see rather than Freud's standpoint of what we say or slip. Thus he synthesized art and science into a set of ten carefully curated ink blots that could probe into the inner world of a person based on what they saw in each inkblot.

The Rorschach Inkblot test didn't remain confined to mental hospitals though. It spreaded far and wide into many walks of daily life and is still used today. This book explores not only Rorschach's life, the creation of the inkblot test but also the journey of the test itself. Wonderful and informative read for anyone curious about how science and art can come together.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

My Little New England Town


The main street in our town is lined with tiny colorful buildings housing boutiques, cafes, ale houses, and more. People come from nearby cities on weekends to enjoy a lazy stroll down our main street with an ice cream or a smoothie in hand. During the holidays, these houses are lit up with pretty twinkling lights and in summer, the street buzzes with the fresh farmer's market every Sunday with a live local band.
Hi everyone, my name is Mou Saha and I live in a quaint, quiet and charming New England town.  Today I'm going to share with you a bit of my town colored by my imagination. 

To create this townscape, I used the following supplies:
Other: Gelatos, Gesso, rubber band, adhesive, pens

If you wish to create your own little town, here's the full step-by-step tutorial for you.

Monday, February 20, 2017

My website

Just wanted to mention here that I'm in the process of transferring my website mousaha.com to a new host. So, you may not be able to access my site till the transfer is complete. You might even get warnings of site being not secure while the transfer is in progress. I'll post here once the site is up and running gain. Thanks!

Card Tutorial: Your Friendship Is Priceless


Hi everyone! Hope your week is off to a great start.
Today, I want to share a colorful floral card with you (I am getting excited for spring, can you tell?) I love the simple and sweet sentiment. Let me show you how I made it.
If you wish to create a similar card, you'll need the following supplies (some are affiliate links): 
Celebrate The Fun Bundle 
This bundle is part of the RG Deal of the Day:
Retail Price: $47.93
DEAL OF THE WEEK PRICE: $24.95 

It includes: CS-001 Doily Fun $9.99, LJDI-002 Branch Out $19.99, SS-0140 Branch Out FSJ $17.95
Whip Cream Cardstock 

Delightful Daisy Cardstock 
Luscious Lime Cardstock
Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink 
Captivating Coral True Color Fusion Ink
Cool Caribbean True Color Fusion Ink
Odacious Orange True Color Fusion Ink
Gold Silk Luster Amaze Die-Cutting Machine 
Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner
 

Stamp the doily on Delightful Daisy cardstock with Odacious Orange True Color Fusion Ink.
Stamp the floral stems and the sentiment from the Branch Out Stamp set on Whip Cream cardstock using Captivating Coral and Berry Black True Color Fusion Inks.
Diecut the stems from the Branch Out Die set out of Luscious Lime cardstock using the Amaze machine.
Add some color variations to the die-cut stem using Cool Caribbean True Color Fusion Ink.


Attach the doily to the card. Layer the big stem diecut on it. 
Place the floral stamped cutouts on the card as shown.
Attach the sentiment.
Splatter some Gold Silk Luster to finish.


Here are some close-ups of my card. I hope you enjoy!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Card Tutorial: A Bouquet With Best Wishes


Everyone needs a note of encouragement every now and then. Today's tutorial is all about that!
If you wish to create a card like mine, here's the list of supplies for you:
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 23PK - Sentiment Words, Thin
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 18PK - Flower Garden and Mini Bouquet
Stampers Anonymous Cling Mount Stamps - Flower Garden
 
Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (White and Gray)  
Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies  
Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Mint) 
Sizzix Accessory - Stamper's Secret Weapon 
Other: white cardstock, adhesive, watercolor paper, Gelatos colors, black ink pad, removable tape, ruler, pen, acrylic block, paint brush

Let's get started! 


Start by coloring a piece of watercolor paper with Gelatos to create the flower. Blend the colors with a wet paint brush.


On the Sizzix Accessory - Stamper's Secret Weapon, lay the colored paper. Ink up the flower stamp of your choice from the
Stampers Anonymous Cling Mount Stamps - Flower Garden set and stamp. The Stamper's Secret Weapon provides the extra cushion to cling stamps to allow full contact with the paper for a crisp image.


Repeat the same technique to stamp the stem and leaves.


To die-cut the stamped flower and stem, create the following Sizzix Sandwich: on Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies, place another Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Mint). On the Standard Cutting Pad, lay the stamped images. Place the corresponding dies from the
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 18PK - Flower Garden and Mini Bouquet die, blade-side down to frame the stamped images. Cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad and pass the entire Sizzix Sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. 


Trim cardstock to 5.25" x 4". 

To die-cut the sentiment, create the following Sizzix Sandwich: on Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies, place another Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Mint). On the Standard Cutting Pad, lay the cardstock. Place the word dies 'Best Wishes' from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 23PK - Sentiment Words, Thin, blade-side down near the bottom right part of the cardstock. Cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad and pass the entire Sizzix Sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.


Here's the die-cut sentiment block.


Color the part of the card base that will show through from under the die-cut sentiment block. Attach the sentiment block to the card.


Attach the flower and stem.


Splatter some gold ink to the card.

When dry, draw a frame around the card with ruler and pen to finish.

Hope you enjoyed today's card tutorial!


Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Card Tutorial: Looking Sharp!


Recently, I have been to Arizona and California and saw many a cacti. Some were as tall as three-story buildings! Some had the most exotic blooms. I was inspired by the variety of colors and thorn patterns and their names. When I saw Jen Long's Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 7PK - Card, Cactus Fold-a-Long, I was excited to create my own cactus card! 

If you wish to create a card like mine, here's a list of the supplies for you:
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 7PK - Card, Cactus Fold-a-Long
Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (White & Gray)
Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Mint)
Other: 12" x12" white cardstock, adhesive, 9" x 12" watercolor paper, Gelatos colors, pen

Let's get started! 


Fold 12" x 12" white cardstock in half. 

To die-cut the Cactus, Fold -A-Long card, create the following Sizzix Sandwich: on Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies, place another Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Mint). On the Standard Cutting Pad, lay the folded cardstock. Place the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 7PK - Card, Cactus Fold-a-Long card base die, blade-side down, on the cardstock, making sure the central cutting line falls outside the fold line of the cardstock. Cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad and pass the entire Sizzix Sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. 

Repeat this with the sheet of watercolor.

 

This is what your die-cut Cactus Fold-a-Long card base will look like.


Fold along the scorelines of your card.


Your closed up card will look like this.


To die-cut the embellishments, create the following Sizzix Sandwich: on the Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies, place a Standard Cutting Pad, on it lay watercolor paper. Place the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 7PK - Card, Cactus Fold-a-Long embellishment dies, blade-side down on the paper and cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the Sizzix Sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.


Cut out the outer flaps of the Cactus card base that you die-cut earlier. These pieces will give some extra strength to your interactive card.


Start coloring these pieces with Gelatos colors. You can make the colors realistic or imaginary.


Next, attach the embellishments to the sentiment block.


Insert the sentiment block into the slot. Add details with pen.


Attach the additional flaps to the card.


Here's my finished Cactus Fold-A-Long card, closed up.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will give these fun die a try!




Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!   

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Card Tutorial: Wishing You Loads of Washi Tape Fun!


Hi everyone! How do you use washi tape in your projects? I love all the little touches they add to paper crafts, gift wraps, planners and more. But if I can use it as patterned paper, my heart just sings!!! here's a card where I couldn't resist using the wide washi tape to make my own patterned paper. Let me show you how easy it is!
If you wish to create a similar card, you'll need the following supplies (some are affiliate links): 
Celebrate The Fun Bundle 
 This bundle is part of the RG Deal of the Week: 
SKU: RGBD-103
Retail Price: $49.93
DEAL OF THE WEEK PRICE: $24.95
Whip Cream Cardstock
Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink 
Amaze Die-Cutting Machine  Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner
Others: sewing machine, thread


The Chevron washi tape is so cheerful that you only need a neutral cardstock to go with it. Here I used Whip Cream cardstock trimmed down to 5.25" x 4". 
Very carefully and slowly peel the washi tape back about an inch and place it on the cardstock block. Gradually peel from roll and keep pressing down on the paper till you have covered the whole block.  Press out any trapped air bubbles with your fingers. Attach to card.

Die-cut the Celebrate plate using the die and Amaze machine.

Layer the diecut block on top of the washi tape block. The bright happy colors from the washi tape gives the bold diecut design just the right pop!

Machine stitch to secure the diecut to the card.


With pen, outline the die-cut design.

Stamp the sentiment 'Wishing You Loads of Fun!' with Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink. Cut it into a strip.

Attach the strip to the card overlapping the banner section.

Machine stitch the strip in place.


Here are some close-ups of my card.

I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Card Tutorial: Happy Birthday


Who doesn't love a cute birthday card? One with fun colors, cute animals, and if there's a bonus gift inside - Hooray!!! Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial for my version of such a cute, happy birthday card with a little surprise inside!

If you wish to create a similar card, you'll need the following supplies (some are affiliate links):
Happy Birthday Bundle
This bundle is part of the RG Deal of the Day: 
SKU: RGBD-104
Retail Price: $52.97
DEAL OF THE WEEK PRICE: $23.95
Whip Cream Cardstock 
Celebra'tions Special Occasion 12" x 12" prints
Make Amazing Happen Prints
Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink
Amaze Die-Cutting Machine 
Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner


Diecut the 'Happy Birthday' plate out of Make Amazing Happen print using Amaze machine.

Use Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink to stamp the elephant with gifts from Your Day set. Cut it out with scissors.

Stamp the sentiment 'It's Your Day CELEBRATE' on the same paper and cut into a strip.

Attach the stamped elephant cut out overlapping the die-cut embossed elephant on the Happy Birthday plate. Attach the sentiment next to it as shown. 


Trim Make Amazing Happen paper down to 5.25" x 4" and attach to the card.

Attach the embellished Happy Birthday block on the card.

Diecut the party hat using the Create A Party Hat die and Amaze machine.

Fold the tab and apply adhesive to it. Close the tab with the facing edge of the hat. Gently flatten it and with very little adhesive attach it to the card. Stamp 'HB' on it and on the card, directly stamp the sentiment 'A little something JUST FOR YOU' to finish.


Here are some close-ups of my card.
I hope you enjoy!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Layout Tutorial: All the patterned papers


Hi everyone! As paper crafters, no one can deny our love of patterned papers! I love mixing and matching my print papers to create pretty backgrounds for my layouts, like I did here. These papers are from the Printed Paper Pack Bundle from RG
.
 
If you wish to create a layout like mine, you'll need the following supplies (some are affiliate links):
Printed Paper Pack Bundle
This bundle is part of the RG Deal of the Day: 
SKU: RGBD-102
Retail Price: $30.96
DEAL OF THE WEEK PRICE: $19.95
Whip Cream Cardstock 
Celebra'tions Special Occasion 12" x 12" prints
Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink
Golden Glow True Color Fusion Ink
Picture Perfect Bundle SS-0131 

Amaze Die-Cutting Machine 
Loads of Fun (SS-0053) 
Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner
Others: pens, ruler

Cut your chosen patterned papers into strips. Since I am working on an 8.5" x 11" layout, I measured my strips to be 6" x 1.7" each. If your layout is a different size, measure out your papers.

Attach the strips to the top part of the cardstock as shown. Trim off any excess.

Trim another patterned paper to 5" x 8.5" to cover the bottom part of the cardstock.

Attach a 4" x 6" photo (or a size you prefer) on the bottom part of the layout.

With pen, draw a frame around the photo.
 

From the Loads of Fun stamp set, stamp the hot air balloon on Whip Cream cardstock with Golden Glow True Color Fusion Ink. Cut it out with scissors.

With Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink, stamp a camera from the Picture Perfect set and die cut it using the Amaze machine.

Attach the stamped pieces to embellish the layout. 

Journal below the photo.

Handletter your title and cut it out. Attach on the hot air balloon.


Here are some close-ups of my layout. 

I only only used the papers in blocks and strips but you can do so much more with fussy cutting, hand stitching, etc. 

Pull out your patterned papers and have some fun! 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Book Review: Wake Up to the Joy of You

Wake Up to the Joy of You by Agapi Stassinopoulos is a collection of 52 meditations and practices based on positive and gentle affirmations, compassionate intentions and encouragement to grow comfortable in our own skin and appreciate what we embody, to move past all the doubts, guilt, and negativity that trap us and make us miserable, and make a headway toward self-discovery and self compassion. Filled with several common self care tips and also many personal stories, the author gently nudges us toward a calmer and happier life. This book is a nice addition to our better living practices! 

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Card Turorial: Amazing You!


Hi there! Today we are having a snow day here and that makes me think of sunny warm days. That is what inspired me to make this card. If a loved one is having a difficult time, this could be an encouragement card for them. Despite the cold and the grey all around, there's always a promise of sunshine tomorrow, both weather and emotion-wise.

To make this card, you'll need the following supplies (some are affiliate links):
Amazing Day Dream Bundle 

This bundle is part of the RG Deal of the Week: 
SKU: RGBD-0071
Retail Price: $15.97
DEAL OF THE WEEK PRICE: $29.97

Whip Cream Cardstock 

Butter Cream Cardstock
Delightful Daisy True Color Fusion Ink
Odacious Orange True Color Fusion Ink Sea Spray True Color Fusion Ink

Celebra'tions Special Occasion 12" x 12" prints 

Celebra'tions Assorted 12" x 12" prints 
Amaze Die-Cutting Machine 




Die-cut the clouds from the Day Dreams Set out of Whip Cream and Butter Cream Cardstock and the sun out of the yellow gingham print from the Celebra'tions Assorted 12x12 Printed paper.
Ink up the sentiment 'Amazing You', halfway from the top with Delightful Daisy True Color Fusion Ink and the bottom half with Odacious Orange True Color Fusion Ink.
Cut the stamped sentiment out with scissors and outline with pencil.
Dab Sea Spray True Color Fusion Ink Pad on a 5.25" x 4" piece of Whip Cream cardstock.
 

Use the flower/starburst stamp from the Amazing You set with Sea Spray True Color Fusion Ink to create some patterns on the background.
Attach the sun and clouds as shown.
Add a Bro Rivet to the center of the sun. 
Create a card base by trimming the Celebra'tions Special Occasion paper down to 8.5" x 5.5" and fold in half.
Stitch the blue card surface on the card base. Add some decorative stitching. 
Splatter some Gold Silk to finish.


Here are a few close-ups of my card. 

I hope you enjoy!