Sunday, June 26, 2011

Inchies - Gotta love them!

Another A Muse Studio video by Julie Ebersole which shows her making a card using inchies. Inchies are 1-inch squares which you stamp an image on or cut an inchie from an image already stamped. You would be amazed how different an image can be when you take part of it away or only use part of it. A technique I have used is to cut a 1-inch square in the middle of a 3-inch square of paper and use it as a frame. Place this frame over a stamped image and move it around to get a peek at what an inchie could be! It is pretty cool!!!

Watch Julie's video and be inspired!

Here is my take on an inchie:
 I stamped my image from the a|s Ornate Elements set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and cut it into 5 1-inch squares.  I then popped them up with foam tape and added some Spica pen for accent (which unfortunately does not show well in the picture).  I mounted the squares on the Cherry Shimmer cardstock and adhered the strip to the Sugar cardstock.  I added texture using a score board and finished it off with a sentiment from the a|s Essential Sentiments set.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Black & White Collage

Black and white cards can be very stunning don't you think!  I CASE'd this card from one that I saw on Happy Heart Studio.  I used the A Muse Studio Ornate Elements, Mad for Plaids and A Very Merry Un-Birthday sets.

I masked off some of the areas to prevent over-stamping and delineated each section by using the stitch image from Mad for Plaids between each section.  I finished it off with a strip of the Onyx Shimmer Damask cardstock and the sentiment from the A Very Merry Un-Birthday set.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Muse Studio Coming to Nashua, NH!

I want to give you a heads up that A Muse Studio is coming to Nashua, NH August 14th 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m! The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza and the cost will be $37. This session will allow people to get their hands ON the products and learn great tips and techniques in a fabulous class. You will even get to meet some of the creative women behind A Muse Studio, maybe even founder Linda Hartwich!

Registration starts Thursday, June 23rd.  You can register from my A Muse Studio Website

I hope to see you there!

June Spotlight - Mad for Plaids and Sea Shells

As you can see I cannot seem to get enough of sand dollars!  When I go to a beach I love to comb the sand looking for these little treasures.  It is like striking gold when I find one.  I have some really tiny baby sized sand dollars, some smaller than a pea.  I do not handle them much for fear of making them crack so they sit on a shelf where I can admire them.  Some day I will put them in a display case once I find the right way to showcase them.

So instead of touching the real things I get to touch these wonderful images from A Muse Studio!  I CASE'd this layout from a card I saw on Laurie Willison's blog.  I knew it would be perfect for using my Mad for Plaids and Sea Shells sets.  The sentiment is from the Friend to Friend set.

I had a horrible time photographing this card so I resorted to taking the picture outside.  The light box that I made just would not work for this card.  My light box is a work-in-progress and after today it definitely needs work!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sneak Peek #2

I love all things beach related and collecting shells is a passion of mine. I have quite the sand dollar and sea shell collection. Some of you may have seen some of my collection in a vase on my dining room table. I love collecting them from my trips and it is a nice reminder of some incredible vacations we have taken!

This card is another sneak peek of what we will be making at my July Stamp Club and Workshop.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

July Stamp Club & Workshop Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek of one of the cards that we will be making at both the July Stamp Club and July Workshop.  I hope you enjoy it!  There is still time to sign up for the July Workshop to be held July 10th at 1:30 p.m.  See the event details on Facebook here or on my Calendar of Events here.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Muse Studio June Spotlight

Welcome to the A Muse Studio Spotlight for June!  Each month A Muse Studio will showcase selected stamp sets that will share the spotlight with a gorgeous color palette to create projects that showcase the versatility of paper crafting.

June's Spotlight Specials:
For one month, you can save 10% on the stamp sets used to create those fabulous projects!
Classic Alphabet
Sea Shells
Keep Swimmin’
Life’s a Breeze
Mad for Plaids

And, for a limited time, order the special Seaglass cardstock assortment pack - an easy way to get the look showcased in this month's spotlight.

The Seaglass Assortment Pack contains four sheets each: Bermuda, Sky, Sage, Lichen and Latte

To see more of the projects featured in the June Spotlight click here!

Contact me for more details or to place an order!  You will love being part of the Spotlight!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hearts A Plenty

Today is another lovely day in New England (NOT).  The weather is dreary with not much sun and it is cool.  Everything is VERY green!!!  My lawn is growing unchecked and will soon need to be mowed again.  The sun is supposed to make an appearance for an extended period of time sometime later this week.  I may begin growing moss soon.

But the upside to all this rainy weather means I do not have to feel guilty about spending time indoors stamping!  Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain!  No, not really but why not make the best of the situation, right?  I have been playing with some of my new A Muse Studio sets and I am in heaven!  I am surrounded with lovely colors to play with and images that are a dream to stamp.  I am playing with images from the Hearts A Plenty set and with the wonderful ink colors it is a snap to come up with so many cards with little effort.  I got the idea for this card from another a|s consultant Kellie Maggio.  Thanks Kellie for the inspiration!  For the card I made below I first embossed the bottom two-thirds of the card base using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder.  I think this is my all time favorite embossing folder!  I then stamped the hearts in Bubblegum, Orange, Lime, Ocean and Blueberry.  Using a MS scallop punch to add detail to the Papaya Gingham CS I mounted the heart strip to it.  Adhered it flat to the Sugar card base, added Ocean ribbon and the Smile sentiment from the Hand Scripted set and the card was finished!

Card details: All products A Muse Studio unless specified
images: Hearts A Plenty, Hand Scripted
inks: Bubblegum, Orange, Lime, Ocean, Bluberry
paper: Sugar, Papaya Gingham
Embellishments: Ocean Sheer Ribbon

Saturday, June 11, 2011

SMILE - Recessed Window Card

The design for this card came to me while watching repeats of NCIS late last night.  I love that show!  It is one of my absolute favorite shows.  Mark Harmon has definitely aged well!!!

To make this card I punched three circles using the Marvy Yellow Scalloped punch.  I then stamped the heart image on three punched circles that I made using the Marvy Blue Scalloped Circle punch.  I foam taped the stamped circles behind each of the punch out circles, laced ribbon and twine through the buttons and adhered them using glue dots.  The sentiment was stamped on the back of the gingham CS (love reusing things!) and used foam tape to pop it up.  I am happy with the way this card came out.  I do not normally use buttons on my cards so this is a departure for me.  I will be using more of them since I participated in my A Muse Studio Button Buy In and now I have a great collection of gorgeous buttons.  So many colors and sizes to choose from!  I hope this card makes you SMILE!

Card details:
images: a|s Hearts A Plenty, Hand Scripted
inks: a|s Lemon Whip, Lichen, Shell, Sky
paper: a|s Sky Gingham
embellishments a|s buttons, misc. twine and ribbon

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Oh Baby!

I love babies and making baby cards is a lot of fun. There is only one little one in my family now and he lives in Georgia. Sadly we do not get to see him or his parents as often as we would like. Thankfully my NIL (niece-in-law) is amazing at posting videos and pictures so that we can keep up with my great-nephew, NIL and nephew!

A friend of mine had another baby a few months ago and I have been remiss at sending her my congratulations. I know it is hard to believe that a card maker is late on making a card but time has gotten away from me. I swear I do not know where it goes!!! But I finally got down to business and made this cute card to send and I hope she likes it!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Background Kissing Example

This card is an example of the Background Kissing technique that the A Muse Studio Creative Consultants were challenged with to use in creating something, it did not have to be a card.

I demonstrated this technique yesterday at my stamp club and it got a lot of oohs and ahhs! I kind of felt like I was watching Toy Story with the little green alien toys! It was very funny!!! Anyway, this technique is very simple and produces awesome results.

What I did was ink up my images but before stamping onto the cardstock I stamped the image onto the a|s Mesh Background stamp which 'kisses' off some of the ink and transfers its texture to the image. When I stamped it onto the CS it make the image appear like it had a gingham pattern. There are so many possibilities that you can explore with this technique. You could choose to only do the kissing technique to the leaves and not the rose or vice versa. Think of all the background stamps you already have and what a great way to get more usage from them!

Card details:
images: a|s Wild Rose, a|s Essential Sentiments, a|s Vintage Labels
ink: a|s Fern, a|s Cranberry, Memento Tuxedo Black
embellishments: a|s Sugar Tiny Flower Ribbon, a|s Pretty Pearls

If you missed it - Here is the post of the video of Julie Ebersole demo'ing the Kissing Technique. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Muse Studio News.....

A Muse Studio is cooking up something awesome to be announced on June 15th! Stay tuned...

A Muse Studio Blog Hop - Create Your Own DSP

Hello and welcome to the monthly A Muse Studio Creative Consultant Blog Hop!

If you are participating in the blog hop, you should have come from Carla Mayfield's Blog and if not, then you should start from the beginning with Samantha's blog until you come to my blog.

This month's theme was to create your own DSP (Designer Series Paper). I had a lot of fun making this card! I love colors that pop and the black flowers really seem to pop off the paper, almost like they were floating! I used a scallop punch to mirror the scalloped flower to set off the sentiment. Something different to try!

My DSP inspiration came from a Technique Junkies technique - Millefiori. You should check out Technique Junkies while you are at it. They have some unbelievable techniques which go so well with A Muse Studio images!

Images: All A Muse Studio: Graphic Sunflower, Lots of Dots, Clever Girls, Essential Sentiments
Inks: a|s Bubblegum, a|s Ocean, a|s Sky, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: a|s Sugar CS, a|s Onyx CS
Now on to your next stop Tami Grandi's blog.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Background Kissing with Stamps

Check out this video by HRR Julie Ebersole as she demonstrates creating a card using the "Kissing" technique! So cool!!

A Muse Studio Consultant Blog Hop - June 2nd

Get ready to see what a bunch of truly creative A Muse Studio Consultants have put together for the A Muse Studio June 2nd Blog Hop! This month's theme is DSP (Designer Series Paper). Each consultant will post their take on creating DSP with A Muse Studio products.

Check back on June 2nd for my part of the Blog Hop. I hope you will enjoy it!