Monday, June 30, 2008

Tearing it up

The AMAC's weekly challenge #49 is entitled 'Tearing it up'. For the challenge you must use A Muse stamps to make a card that has some tearing on it.

The 'Summer Fun' card I made a while ago. I love the tearing technique and should use it more.

I will have to make another card to add to the post tomorrow...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A*Muse*A*Palooza Sketch Challenge

The fourth A*Muse*A*Palooza Sketch Challenge is on. The challenge is to make a card using this sketch with at least one A Muse stamp.

I love the Baby Penguin stamp and think he looks great holding the balloons.
Here is another card for the same challenge:

Monday, June 23, 2008

Liquid Diet

I cannot believe how many A Muse Addicts Weekly Challenges I have missed! It is already week #48 and I have a lot of catching up to do.

This week's challenge is called 'Liquid Diet'. This week is about anything liquid!! The challenge is to use A Muse stamps to make a card that has something liquid on it! It can be anything you want, an ocean, a lake, a drink, anything!!

I used the "Three cups" stamp by A Muse and sentiment is from Inkadinkado. I.LOVE.COFFEE and love having a cup of coffee with friends!

Saturday, June 21, 2008


The A Muse Stamp of the Week #20 features the vehicles of A Muse. That means: jeep, cruisin', love bus, fishing trip, car with tree, turkey wagon, car load and school bus. I chose cruisin'.


Summer Fun

I always seem to be playing catch up with the A Muse Addicts Stamp of the Week challenges. For week #18 the stamp choices where Super Hero or Ice Cream Truck. I do not have either stamp in my stash but was fortunate that I have some of the Ice Cream Truck images that I got from a SCS A Muse image swap. Lucky me!

One Stamp, 4 Cards

In continuing with the Card Making challenge on ScrapShare I have been using stamps that have been neglected and never used.

I love the stamp I am working with now. It is the Lemonade Pitcher from Serendipity Stamps. In a few of the cards I also added the perfect sentiment stamp, "When Life Gives You Lemons" also by Serendipity Stamps.


"Just Because"

"when life gives you lines... make Margaritas!"

"thinking of you"

"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade"

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Nestabilities and COPICs - Oh My!

Well I have to say that I am easily enabled when it comes to scrapbooking and card making related items.

One of my recent purchases are the Spellbinders Nestabilities. I saw these demo'd at CKC Manchester and was hooked. All the functionality and flexibility that I was looking for without having tons of punches! The ability to punch and emboss with the same tools is awesome and makes for very nice looking mats for cards and photos.

My latest purchase, exactly 2 hours ago now, are two COPIC markers (Cool Shadow and Pinkish White). I have used COPIC markers in a few card making classes at Ink About It. Specifically, at Jenn Shurkus' A Muse Summer Cards class tonight. I used COPICs to color in many of the images on the 5 cards that we made.

I am starting off slow with COPICs. They are an investment and so worth it for the quality that you get from them.

Oh, how easy the easily-enabled are enabled!

Sunday, June 15, 2008


I like being challenged to use stamps that have not seen ink yet!

Stamps: SU Merci Hostess Set from 2008. Tools: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, Nestabilites for the center mat and image. Paper: SU Real Red and Whisper White. Ink: Image stamped using Memories Black Dye Ink, image colored with blenders pens using Ballet Blue, Rose Red, Yoyo Yellow and Gable Green. White background paper was edged with Rose Red as well.
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My Dash

Everyone’s tombstone will have two dates separated by a dash. That little dash is your time on this planet measured against eternity. How do you plan to live out that dash?

How I plan to live out that dash! I love to make plans. The ones I have made for my future are many! Here are some of them, not in order of importance, of course!

  • Retire when I am 55.
  • Keep myself healthy so I always have choices in all that I do!
  • Travel with my DH whenever the mood strikes us.
  • Celebrate 50 years of marriage. A couple more years and we will be half way there!
  • Attend our kids college graduation ceremonies.
  • Welcome our future daughter-in-laws into our family.
  • See our grandchildren come into this world. This assumes that our sons will have kids at some point, at least 10 years from now.
  • See our grandchildren graduate from college.
  • I plan on being called 'Great Grammy' like our kids used to call my grandmother!
It is hard thinking of one's own mortality! I only hope that in the end any regrets that I might have are completely overshadowed by the joy I have gotten out of living my life the way I plan to.
So far things are going well!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Oh So Lovely!

On ScrapShare a challenge was issued to make some cards using stamps that I still haven't used. It could be a stamp in a set that I used before but just have never used that particular stamp.

I have a few (quite!) of stamp sets that I have not mounted, much less used sitting on a shelf in my scrap room! They are crying out to be used! So here is three cards that I made with the Stamin' Up Oh So Lovely set.


I stamped the background image with SU So Saffron. Watercolor crayons to stamp the flower and Twinkling H2O's to color in the blossoms.

Again the background is So Saffron. Image stamped with SU Real Red and Green Galore.

Same techniques were used here as with the first card (blue).

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

My Gardens in Spring

I love this time of year when everything is green and the flowers are beginning to show their colors! My gardens are looking really good this year. It has taken DH and I a while to get them just so. We had a landscaper plan the garden for us a few years ago which was a great start. We added our own touches here and there and are really happy with how it is coming along.

This is a shot of our Fringe Tree. The botannical name for this tree is Chionanthus virginicus. This is its second year in our garden. The scent the flowers give off is heavenly! We just added the three dianthus (aka carnations or pinks) which go nicely with the colors of the Fringe tree. We transplanted the lavender plants from another garden and hope they will be happier in their new home.

This is a shot of our main garden from the side. The potentilla are flowering and the peony will be bursting with flowers in about a week. Such a beautiful plant!

This is a shot of the garden along side DH's workshop. In this shade garden the bleeding hearts and coral bells are very happy.