Monday, December 19, 2011

Sugar & Spice and All Things Nice

Christmas is fast approaching and it feels nice!  My sons are home from college and our house is buzzing with activity.  It is funny how much having two more people in the house changes everything.  Our dog Bijou is beside herself with joy that her buddies are home.  I know how she feels!

This week's A Muse Studio Challenge Blog theme is Sugar & Spice and All Things Nice.  I love candy canes as does one of my nieces.  I have a small vase on my dining room table filled with the red and white canes.  Not only are they great to snack on, they make a great decorating accent.  So of course I wanted to use this cute candy cane image from the a|s Holiday Tags set.  So many great images in that set!!!

I hope you enjoy this week's challenge and be sure to post a link to your posting to enter to win the prize.

Monday, December 12, 2011

SNOWFLAKES Challenge

Thankfully there are no snowflakes on the ground now but I am sure that is only temporary given that I live in New England!

I am the host of this week's A Muse Studio Challenge Blog and I chose the theme of SNOWFLAKES!  I love them and prefer to look at them through a window while in a nice, warm cozy building and not through a windshield.  Last winter I got hit by a guy not paying attention to the little buggers coating the road and he slid right into my car.  Not a fun day!

Anyway, the project that I made using snowflakes is a gift card holder.  This is super simple to make and can be used for any occasion. 


Cut a piece of cardstock 3 3/4" x 7".  Score it at 3" and 6".  Fold cardstock to create Make a belly band 1 1/2" x 7"  in coordinating colors.  Using an A1 envelope, seal it and trim off the sides just a hair to create a sleeve.  Fold the envelope in half so the sleeves are facing up.  Using a 1 1/2" circle punch, punch each sleeve opening to create a finger notch (optional).  Stamp front of envelope as desired and attach using adhesive on the back of the envelope to the inside of the cardstock.  Bend belly band around the gift card holder and adhere ends together.  Decorate band and outside of gift card holder as desired.  Insert a gift card and a To/From card into each of the sleeves and  Voila!  A gorgeous, super simple gift card holder!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

January-June Monthly Stamp Club

Monthly Stamp Club Signups


As part of the services I offer to my A Muse Studio customers I am starting another Monthly Stamp Club to begin in January 2012 and will run through June 2012.  There is a new catalog coming out in early 2012 and what a great time to be part of my Stamp Club!

Details
A monthly stamp club is where each member commits to ordering at least $25.00 worth of product each month over a six month period. Each member will have the opportunity of being a Hostess once during this period and will receive all the normal Hostess Benefits without having to host an in-home workshop.

Here are the finer details:
  • Six people** agree to purchase a minimum of $25.00 in A Muse Studio merchandise for six consecutive months
  • Every member will have the opportunity of being "Hostess of the Month" (monthly hostesses will be chosen via a random draw)
  • When it is your month to be Hostess, you will receive at least $25.00 in FREE product of your choice
  • As a member you will also receive a FREE copy of the 2012 A Muse Studio Catalog and Inspiration Guide.
  • Monthly workshop held at my home in Westford, MA.  Workshops are planned to be held on weekends and may occasionally be held during the week, in the evening hours. Topics include techniques, tool demonstrations and swaps.
Why would you want to join?     

  1. This is a great way to build up your supplies. With a minimal investment each month, you will have lots of great stamps and accessories!
  1. Each month you will make at least 2 cards or projects. The themes vary month to month and may include birthday, thank you, thinking of you, get well, baby, wedding, sympathy, and holiday cards. When the club is over, you will have a wonderful selection of cards for every occasion!
  1. Everyone gets their turn to be the “hostess.” This means you collect HOSTESS BENEFITS! You’ll get at least $25 in free product on your hostess month. (You could get a lot more!)
  1. When it’s your month to be hostess, you can turn your month into a workshop and invite more friends. This will increase your hostess benefits and you could earn even MORE free product! (This is completely optional!)
  1.  If you are unable to attend the club workshop, just send your order to me by the date of our club workshop. It’s no problem! 
  1. It’s a guaranteed night out with friends, and it’s a lot of FUN! So, what are you waiting for? 

  1. Period specials offered to club members only!

NOTE: You do not have to be local to participate in my club. Card Club Project kits can be mailed as part of your monthly order so you can participate remotely! Additional shipping charge to be added to ship to remote members. Flat rate USPS shipping will be used to keep costs down.

**Don't fear!  One group is already filled (Karen M, Judy C, Cheryl M, Tina C, Kris P, and Dena B) and I am now starting another group.  When this second group of 6 fills, another will be opened. 

If you are interested in participating in the January - June Monthly Stamp Club, please email me ASAP.  





Friday, December 2, 2011

Blog Hop - Anything Goes

Are you ready for the holidays?  I cannot say that I am ready but I am looking forward to spending lots of time with family and friends.  My kids will be home from college for three weeks!  I miss my guys - it is not the same at home without them.  Even our dog Bijou misses them terribly!

Anyway this month's A Muse Studio Consultant Blog Hop theme is 'Anything Goes'.  I have been hosting tag workshops and they have been a big hit!  Everyone loves the tags and I have heard a few people say they do not want to give them away.  Pretty funny!  Handmade tags really make the gift seem that much more special.

If you are taking part of the blog hop I hope you have enjoyed it so far.  Did you see what Ginger made?   Please leave some love on each person's blog.  We all enjoy reading the comments!

If you did not start at the beginning then don't delay and start at the top of the hop with Samantha's blog

Now off to see Carissa's contribution to the blog hop!  Have fun!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Muse Studio 2011 Retiring List - Stamp Sets

SO LONG! AUF WIEDERSEHEN! FAREWELL! ADIEU!

All good things must come to end.... or so someone says!  A Muse Studio has announced the 2011 Retiring List of stamp sets.  If there is a set on the retiring list that you must have, please contact me ASAP to place an order or you can place an order on my webstoreThese sets are only available while supplies last so don't delay!

2011 RETIRING LIST 

List Alphabetically:
Autumn Beauty
Birthday Builder (clear)
Buried Treasure
Candy Cane Wishes
Celebrate The Season
Classic Alpha (clear)
Cup of Good Wishes
Cute & Cuddly
Damask Greetings
Doctor’s Orders
Fancy Alpha (clear)
Farm Fun
Fine Wine
Foiled Again
Good Fortune
Grunged Block Alpha (clear)
Happily Ever After
Happy Christmas
Happy Everything
Harvest Blessings
Hearts a Plenty
Holly Berry Vine
Hospitality House
If You Dare
Jolly Gingerbread
Kindred Spirits
Let’s Chat
Monogram Frames
Ooh La La
Past Due
Peace on Earth
Personal Stationery (clear)
Sunshine & Shade
Sushi & Wasabi
The Mighty Jungle
Together Forever
Turkey Time
Welcome
Winter Wishes

List by Page Number:
8 Cup of Good Wishes
8 Doctor’s Orders
8 Hospitality House
8 Sunshine & Shade
9 Cute & Cuddly
9 Peace on Earth
9 Together Forever
13 Hearts a Plenty
16 If You Dare
18 Harvest Blessings
18 Turkey Time
19 Autumn Beauty
20 Happy Christmas
21 Celebrate The Season
22 Candy Cane Wishes
22 Winter Wishes
23 Jolly Gingerbread
33 Kindred Spirits
34 Holly Berry Vine
36 The Mighty Jungle
37 Buried Treasure
37 Yee-Haw
38 Farm Fun
45 Past Due
48 Happy Everything
50 Happily Ever After
56 Good Fortune
56 Sushi & Wasabi
57 Ooh La La
58 Foiled Again
61 Fine Wine
63 Let’s Chat
63 Welcome
72 Monogram Frames
73 Damask Greetings
78 Birthday Builder
78 Fancy Alpha
79 Grunge Alpha
80 Classic Alpha
80 Personal Stationery

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Top Ten Holiday Must-Haves

A Muse Studio wants to help you complete your Wish List.  
Below are the Top Ten A Muse Studio Holiday Must-Haves.  
This special runs from December 1st until December 15th at 11:59 p.m. ET.  
Get yours while supplies last! 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Are you ready?

Are you ready for the upcoming holidays?  Do you have your greeting cards stamped and waiting to be mailed?

For this week's A Muse Studio Consultant Challenge blog the theme is Winter Holidays.

I love this card for it simplicity and grace.  The background is done with the Mortise Masking technique that I have posted about a few different times.  The tree is stamped in Versafine and embossed.  Pearls are added for decorations.  This card design is very simple to reproduce and lends itself for so many occasions.

I hope you are enjoying the joys of this season and do not let the stress of it all get you down!

Monday, November 21, 2011

ABC - Anything But a Card

     This week's challenge for the A Muse Studio Challenge Blog is Anything But a Card.

     The A Muse Studio 2012 Calendar comes pre-printed and ready for you to add your creative touch for each month.  I had a fun time coming up with designs for each month.  I first started by writing down each month on a piece of paper with the theme that I wanted to create.  It took a few iterations to come up with something that I was happy with but in the end I loved the results! 

     I hope you will post a link to the A Muse Studio Challenge Blog of your A.B.C!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Christmas Tags Workshop Sneak Peek

It's that time of year!  My favorite time of year!

I have been listening to Christmas music for a few weeks now to get in the holiday mood and will soon I be dragging out the myriad of storage bins with all my decorations.  Another reason to celebrate this season is that my kids are coming home this weekend for Thanksgiving Break.  They are just in time to help decorate! 

Here is a sneak peek at some of the tags for the Christmas Tags Workshop that I am hosting on November 30th at 6:30 p.m.  If you are interested in attending, please let me know ASAP!

Hope to see you on the 30th!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Metal Embossing

Metal Embossing!  Have you ever tried it?  Well this weeks A Muse Studio Challenge Blog challenge is to create a card using Metal Embossing.  What is that you say?  It is embossing using tin foil over an embossing folder.  This is the first time I have ever tried embossing with tin foil and I am pretty happy with the results.

I used the A Muse Studio Woodgrain Embossing Die that I adhered to a piece of cardstock before I embossed it.  It is easier to do it that way instead of trying to apply adhesive to the foil after it was embossed.

For the leaves from the Autumn Leaves set I used the following colors:  Cranberry, Orange, Wasabi, Apricot and Toffee.  I applied some of the ink using daubers to get the multicolored look that we get here in New England in the Fall.  I added the sentiment in French Roast from the Essential Sentiments set.  The embossed layer is attached to a piece of French Roast and then adhered to a Vanilla cardbase.

I hope that you will participated in this week's challenge.  Be sure to post your link here!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Challenge - Holiday Thank You Card

This week's A Muse Studio Consultant Challenge Blog theme is Holiday Thank You cards.  I chose to use the Snow Crystals set with the Mitten and Snowflake dies.  The sentiment is from the Hand Scripted set.  The ink colors I used were Pebble, Winter Sky and Cobalt.  This card was super quick and I think came out pretty well if I do say so myself (insert big grin here).

I hope you will participate in the challenge and be sure to post a link to your photo on the A Muse Studio Consultant Challenge Blog


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Santa's Flight - Blog Hop

Welcome to the November A Muse Studio Consultant Blog Hop!

I hope you have enjoyed the blog hop so far!  As part of the blog hop you should have come from Sherri's blog

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  I love Christmastime.  It is my favorite time of year!  I love the music, decorations, movies, scents, cooking and most of all - spending time with family and friends!

Don't you just love this set!  The Santa's Flight set reminds me of The Night Before Christmas and Santa wishing Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!  

This is the last stop on the blog hop and if you did not start at the beginning you can go to Samantha's blog and take it from the top!

I hope you get to spend the holidays in your special way.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Dry Embossing


Adding texture to a card is as simple as adding some dry embossing. This can either be done using a stylus, an embossing folder or as I did using a scoring board. This technique can make a drab background look totally different!

Halloween is right around the corner and this quick card can be given to any ghost or goblin to make their day! hope you will join my fellow Design Team members on the A Muse Studio Consultant Challenge blog with your own rendition of Dry Embossing! 


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Unfortunate Timing

Can this really be happening?  It is October not January!  We came back from our Disney vacation where the temps were in the mid-80's to a New England Snowstorm!  We got 12" of snow and with the weight of the leaves that were still on the trees and the wind our trees suffered much damage.  Trees that we have lovingly planted and nurtured over the years are gone!  Trees that grew as our children grew will now have to be taken down.  How sad I am.  It is funny how you grow to feel about things.  This picture is of the Kousa Dogwood that is in the front of our house.  We planted it when we did our front yard renovation.  It flowered so much this year and the blossoms lasted extraordinarily long.  It also grew a few feet which may have contributed to the amount of damage it suffered.  It split in half and at this time we do not know if it can be saved.


This picture is what is left of my favorite tree - Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus).  I have never seen a tree that smelled so wonderful as this one.  Below is what it looked like before:
Fringe Tree in blossom
This tree blossomed three different times this year, with the most recent being a week ago! When the wind would blow the scent was heavenly!  I am heartsick about this tree!  I do not know if it will survive.

This picture is of the Weeping Cherry that has graced our yard for many years.  It was completely destroyed and will have to be cut down.  Luckily the Japanese Maple that was to the right of it survived without damage as far as we can tell.  We will know better in the Spring.

What the damage is after the snow melted







Weeping Cherry in her prime


A few more pictures of our yard:
The shed sporting a tree topper

Maple Tree brushing off the snow on my car

Maple and Birch trees

Pretty Leaves

Missing:  One tree top

Field view next to our house. 


Side view of our yard



Balsam Firs

Oak tree brushing our house

Rose of Sharon

Maple tree minus its top

Trellis at garden entrance





Monday, October 17, 2011

Not Your Grandma's Bag of Buttons

Don't you love the name of A Muse Studio's buttons, Not Your Grandma's Bag of Buttons?  Well they are aptly named for sure!  I love their buttons.  The colors are awesome and there are so many ways to incorporate them into your crafty goodness.

For the A Muse Studio Consultant Challenge this week we are to use buttons.  I hope you enjoy my card!  I also incorporated another technique (TJ's Spirelli Technique) with the twine on my card.  I think the a|s Bakers Twine makes it look like part of the spider's web the way it is wound around the scallop circle.  And the Sleepy Hollow text paper just makes for a great background for the spider!

Enjoy and I hope to see YOUR entry into the challenge!




Instructions on the Spirelli Technique: 
Start with the twine at the top of the circle, slightly to the right with the twine end adhered to the back of the scallop with adhesive.  Keep a firm grip on the twine but not too tight as to make the scallop circle buckle.

Loop the twine through the divide between the scallops and going left count down 7 scallops and wind twine though the divide and back up to the left of the first loop.  Loop twine to the right of the last loop and repeat so that you are filling in the scallops to the left of the top scallop and to the right of the bottom scallop.  Repeat pattern until you have filled in the amount of twine desired.  

I left 8 scallops open.  Adhere the end to the back of the scallop with more adhesive.

This technique can be used with any scallop shapes.  I hope you enjoy the results!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Backgrounds

This week's A Muse Studio Consultant Challenge is to use a focal image and make a background out of it.  I love the Hey, Man! set.  I think it is a great set for making masculine cards. 

Here is what I did to make this quick card:  I first stamped the briefs in Pebble and Memento Tuxedo Black to make the background and matted the background layer onto Cherry CS.  I also stamped the shorts and the sentiment on Vanilla CS matted on more Cherry.  To finish off the card I used some of the Cherry Stitched Grosgrain and popped up the focal image and there you go!  A quick card! 

I hope you will play along with this week's challenge and be sure to post your entry on the A Muse Studio Consultant Challenge Blog



Monday, October 3, 2011

Falling Leaves



It is that time again.  Time for another A Muse Studio Challenge.  This week's challenge is to make a card using leaves.  Of course I had to use the Autumn Leaves set which is one of my all-time favorite sets.  The leaves are so versatile and with the wide range of ink colors that you can use, the color combinations are endless.

For my card I used the Mortise Masking Technique for the background and then stamped a variety of the leave images in Cherry, Orange, Grass, French Roast and Squash, the colors that you see here in New England when the leaves start turning their glorious colors!

I hope you will participate in the challenge and be sure to post a link to your blog posting on the A Muse Studio Challenge Blog.  I cannot wait to see your creations!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

World Card Making Day Blog Hop


Happy World Card Making Day 2011!  

I hope you get to celebrate this day making your own cards.  Isn't it great to have a day to celebrate doing something that we LOVE!  For me, making cards feeds my creative side and my family and friends get to receive the end results!  It is a win-win situation for everyone!

So to celebrate this day I have not a but 2 cards for you in honor of WCMD and my favorite time of the year - CHRISTMAS!  I love everything about Christmas and as my family knows I love to decorate my house for the holiday season and spend HOURS decorating our Christmas tree.  It is a total labor of love.

I also love winter time and snow on trees.  This card that I made exemplifies how beautiful it is here in New England when there is fresh snow on the evergreen trees.  It is breathtaking!


My favorite Christmas story is The Polar Express and the Santa image from the A Christmas Carol set reminds me of it.    

Card Details:  All products A Muse Studio except where noted. 
Images: Winter Stag & A Christmas Carol
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, a|s Sugar, Winter Sky and Navy
Embellishments: a|s Pearls, embossing powder, a|s Diamond Glitter, a|s buttons and twine, Copic Markers R29, RV11, 110, W6, E00, YG23, R00, E33, E37, W2







I hope you will check out all the wonderful cards that my fellow A Muse Studio Consultants have made in honor of World Card Making Day.   The next stop on the hop is to Carissa Fulkerson's blog.  If you get lost below is the list of all participants:

Amber Smith

Veronica Zalis

Jennifer Corson

Karen Crisp

Jeanette Cloyd

Sherri Thacker

Seleise Barrett

Pamela Fredrickson

Carissa Fulkerson

Melissa Roell

Angela Schellenberg

Lisa Chapman

Heather Scott

Suzanne Dahlberg

Dana Vincent

Julie Dylingowski
Please be sure to leave comments!  Many, including myself, have blog candy!  


My Blog Candy Details:  A random comment from my blog posting will be chosen and the winner will receive a sampler pack of some great A Muse Studio button goodies!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Blog Challenge - TWINE

I am the hostess this week for the A Muse Studio Consultants Challenge Blog. For my challenge week I chose TWINE! A Muse Studio has awesome twine in a bunch of great colors: vanilla, french roast, navy, shell, coffee, fern and the multi-colored cherry/white, onyx/white and french roast/white. So many to choose from!

So for my card I used a Spirelli technique from the Technique Junkies newsletter. Remember those crafts you used to make when you were younger with the popsicle sticks? Well this technique is something like that.

I first cut out my scallop background using the French Roast Shimmer Cardstock. Then using the a|s Vanilla twine I started in the back and wound the twine through one scallop and then counted down and looped it back. Move up one and down 5, repeat until the whole scallop is complete!

For the center focal image I chose the Bounty of the Season set. I sponged the image with a|s Wheat and Toffee inks. Stamped it on a|s Vanilla CS and using the sentiment from the same set I stamped it using a|s French Roast ink. The circle was popped up and mounted on the scallop circle.

For the card base I used the a|s Woodgrain Impression Die (which I LOVE) on Vanilla CS and ran it through my BIGSHOT. For accents I used a strip of the French Roast Damask Shimmer CS and more twine and voila! I hope you enjoy it and try that technique.


Here is a close up of the center image

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Lights and Shadows

I love incorporating techniques with my cardmaking. I think that techniques can really enhance and improve the cards that you make.

For this card I used the Technique Junkies Lights & Shadows technique from the October 2007 newsletter. The technique involves stamping the images first in a light gray (I used A Muse Studio Pebble ink) and then using a stamp positioner, stamp the images again using colored ink. I love flowers (no surprise if you have read my blog before) and the A Muse Studio Wild Rose set would be perfect for this card.  I stamped the leaves using a|s Grass and the rose blossoms in a|s Cherry.  For detail, I used the Signo White pen on the roses blossoms and leaves. I added the sentiment from the Hand Scripted set.  For some bling I used a few of the a|s Clear Twinkle stickers.

This card is on its way to my TJ's Just One Swap partner and I hope she likes it!
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

World Card Making Day with A Muse Studio

World Card Making Day
October 1st to October 3rd, 2011

Saturday, October 1st is World Card Making Day.
Celebrate your love of cardmaking with A Muse Studio and let’s get stamping!

Host to win!
Host a qualifying* World Card Making Day Workshop and you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of five $100 A Muse Studio Shopping Sprees! And, every Hostess will receive a free set of A Muse Studio 4-bar notecards with envelopes - 10 pack ($6 value).

Free gift with every purchase!
Something for everyone! Each customer that places an order at a World Card Making Day workshop, will also receive a free set of A Muse Studio 4-bar notecards with envelopes - 10 pack ($6 value).

Facebook Fun!
Celebrate with A Muse Studio all weekend long as A Muse Studio posts fun World Card Making Day challenges and award prizes to the A Muse Studio Facebook friends.

***** Want to get in on the fun, contact me ASAP.  Time is running out! *****


* Qualifying Hostess must have minimum workshop sales of $150 and a minimum of 4 unique customer orders to qualify for entry into the $100 Shopping Spree!
* To qualify, Workshops orders must be received and entered between Saturday October 1st and Monday October 3rd at 11:59:59 pm EST.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Halloween Workshop September 24th

Time to get ready for HALLOWEEN!!! Get a jump on those upcoming holiday cards with this WICKED cute selection of cards and tags that you will be making during the workshop. One of the cards is actually a gift card holder where the design can be used for any event or celebration! What an awesome way to say Happy Halloween than with a treat inside!

The cost of the workshop is $20 payable (cash or check) that day or is free with a $25 A Muse Studio order* placed during the workshop.

If you can't make it, but would like to host a workshop in your home, please let me know!

Have more fun ~ bring a friend to play with you.

*order amount before shipping and taxes

RSVP Required by 9/23/11!  I would love to see you!