Saturday, July 30, 2011

Bloggers Challenge - Embossing

Happy Friday!

I started a new job three weeks ago and I am finding it difficult to spend time stamping.  I got my new A Muse Studio Holiday items (to be released August 22nd) and I have not even opened the cases.  How sad is that!  I am not sure this weekend will be any better.  It is the weekend to celebrate with my in-laws for the July & August Birthday Babies!  We are celebrating 4 birthdays!

Anyway, I snuck away to spend some time in my scraproom and it was heaven (albeit a messy state of affairs).
This is my first time participating in Lisa Somerville's Bloggers Challenge and it was quite a timely accident that I stumbled into it.

I participate in the Technique Junkies monthly Just One Swap and I was struggling with coming up with a card that I was happy with. My first few attempts ended up in my recycling bin.

There are so many great techniques and the one I chose is Embossed Image from the Emboss or Die CD.

 If you want to play along with Lisa's challenge, just create a card with embossing.  You can link it in below or you can go to Lisa's site and add your link.  No time to create a card, check out what the other bloggers have been doing by hotlinking to the bloggers sites below.

Card details:  
Paper: A Muse Studio
Ink: A Muse Studio, Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments:  SU Embossing Folder, A Muse Studio Twinkle Stickers, A Muse Studio Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, A Muse Studio Vintage Labels Die

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Celebrating Every Happy Hour

This weekend was a whirlwind of puppies!  My sister needed someone to watch her dog so my house was a two-dog house for the weekend.  Now my dog, Bijou, is a pure-bred Boxer who is FULL of energy.  She loves other dogs but they do not always like the way a Boxer plays.  They box!  Well thankfully for Bijou, Max, who is a Corgi-Papillon mix, held his own with her.

But by the end of the weekend I felt it!  Luckily there were some points during the day that I could sneak up to my scraproom followed closing by my 4-footed shadows and work on some cards.  Bijou was a little jealous so I had to make sure to give her more attention than I gave to Max but in the end I think she missed him when it was time for him to go home.  I am sure Max will be back!

About this card, I used the collage technique that I had previously posted to stamp the bottom of the card.  Using the A Muse Studio Swank Backgrounds images I masked off the card into three sections, both sides were masked leaving the middle exposed and the top 2/3 of the card was masked to prevent my stamping into the main area.  Using Versafine Onyx Black, I stamped the middle section.  Next I removed the left side mask and covered the center stamped area leaving some white space where I would later stamp the diamond image from the Tini Time set.  I repeated the same process for the right side.

To finish off the section I cut a 1/4" strip of Bermuda CS and adhered it with flat adhesive.  I then stamped two of the martini glasses on Sugar CS using Versafine Onyx Black and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I wanted some bright colors for the glasses so I used Copic Markers RV09 Fucshia and G02 Spectrum Green.  These were adhered to the card base using foam tape.  I added the 'Celebrate every happy hour!' sentiment and underlined it with some creative candy.

Overall a fairly quick card when you factor all the time it took to play with the puppies and make sure no ones nose got out of joint!

Friday, July 22, 2011

2011 A Muse Studio Holiday and Inspiration Guide Sneak Peek

The 2011 A Muse Studio Holiday and Inspiration Guide Sneak Peeks have begun!

If you would like to see the catalog before it becomes available in hardcopy, send me an email and I will send you the PDF.

Trust me!  You'll want to see it NOW!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA August 22 - September 30!!!

So have I got news for you!  This Friday I will share with you all that is A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA!  For those that may now know what A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA is, well let me tell you, it is awesome!  It is a celebration of all things A MUSE STUDIO!

There will be a new products, specials and hostess incentives. 

On Friday I will be able to email the catalog that will not be available in hardcopy until August 22nd.  If you want to see the awesome new stuff before everyone else, send me your email address and I will include you in my email blast of the new catalog!  

I hope you will be as excited about what's new as I am.

I am making workshop orders now - you DO NOT want to miss out on the awesome hostess benefits that are available during A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA.   If you are looking to host a workshop in your home, contact me ASAP.  Dates will be filing up quickly once everyone knows the deal!

More on Friday!

Happily Ever After

Round 2 of card making with more of the A Muse Studio July Spotlight Featured Sets: That's The Ticket and Swanky Backgrounds.

I love pink and black together - what a sweet combination.  For this card I masked off the Sugar CS so that I would only stamp the background from Swanky Backgrounds in Watermelon on the bottom third of the Sugar CS.  Next I embossed the CS using a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder to give the card some nice texture and it dressed it up a lot!

The ring image that I stamped in Memento TB is from the Happily Ever After set which I dressed up with some Diamond Stickles.  I also added some of the Diamond Stickles to the swirls on the background.  How apropos!

I mounted the image onto Bubblegum Shimmer CS.  To obscure the line between the embossing and the stamped area I used a strip of the Onyx 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain ribbon and finished the card off with the sentiment framed by the ticket image.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

It's Tini Time!

It's Tini Time!

I love those yummy martini's that taste good.  You know the ones that you find on those cute drink menus that have cool names.  I wonder who comes up with the names?  Can you imagine tasting them and deciding what to call them?  Does anyone know of someone who has that job?  Maybe in my college days that would have been a neat job but then the only martini's that were around then were the 'real' martini's made with olives and vermouth.   My favorite martini is the French Martini which is made with Chambord.  Yummy!!! You will have to try it and let me know what you think.

So now onto the card at hand.  Using my new A Muse Studio Tini Time and Swanky Backgrounds sets, which are two of the A Muse Studio July Spotlight featured sets, I made this card.

First, I stamped the background in Watermelon on the a|s Sugar CS using one of the images from the Swanky Backgrounds set. To me it looked a little like the olives so I thought it was perfect for the background.  The background also looks kind of retro, like those beads people used to hang in their doorways.

Second, I stamped the martini glass on Sugar CS using Memento TB and filled the glass with Apricot ink and an olive in Sage ink.  I outlined the glass with Copic Marker BG10 (gotta love that one for outlining - it really makes images POP).

I then mounted the background on some Sage CS that I stamped with a few olives at the bottom to match the olive in the martini glass.  For the card base I used the Watermelon CS which perfectly matches the Watermelon pigment ink!  I love that about A Muse Studio products - they are all so coordinated!!!

Last but not least was the addition of the 'What's shakin'?' sentiment.  The sentiment and martini glass are all from the Tini Time set, which has so many wonderful images.    The featured cardstock assortment this month is Sorbet which contains the Watermelon, Apricot, Papaya, Lichen and Sage colors.  So pretty.

How cute is this card!!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Muse Studio 1/4" Stitched Grosgain Ribbon Buy In

I am offering a Ribbon Buy-in for the A Muse Studio 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon. There are three groups of colors with 4 slots in each group. When a group fills up I will start another group. Each person in the group will receive 2 yards of each color.

1st Color Group (Spring/Summer Collection):
Lime, Ocean, Shell & Sky

2nd Color Group (Summer Collection):
Bubblegum, Cherry, Orange & Papaya

3rd Color Group (Fall/Winter Collection):
Fern, French Roast, Onyx & Slate

If you are interested in participating, please send me an email with what group(s) you want to participate in. The cost will be approx. $6 a slot (plus shipping to you if not local to me). The Buy-In offer expires August 6th.  Feel free to pass this offer along to your friends!

Group Colors
1 (Lime, Ocean, Shell, Sky)Group2
2 (Bubblegum, Cherry, Orange, Papaya)Group2
3 (Fern, French Roast, Onyx, Slate)Group2

Saturday, July 16, 2011

A Muse Studio Spotlight - July

Welcome to the A Muse Studio Spotlight for July!  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.

July's Spotlight Specials:
For one month (July 15th - August 15th), you can save 10% on the stamp sets used to create those fabulous projects!

Birthday Builder
Graphic Sunflower
Swanky Backgrounds
That's the Ticket
Tini Time

And, for a limited time, order the special Sorbet Cardstock Assortment Pack ($7.65) - an easy way to get the look showcased in this month's spotlight.

The Sorbet Assortment Pack contains four sheets each: Watermelon, Apricot, Buttercup, Sage and Lichen

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

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

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Catalog! Catalog! Who Wants A Catalog?

If you have not gotten your hands on the 2011 A Muse Studio Catalog and Inspiration Guide yet, what are you wait for?

For a limited time I am offering the catalog for $6.00 (shipping included).  The retail price is normally $9.95 so this is a great time to jump off the fence and see the amazing products that A Muse Studio offers!

If you want to take advantage of this offer, drop me a line at

PayPal* or checks only. Note - this offer is for U.S. only.

*Plus applicable PayPal fees.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Elegant Summer Event Workshop Sneak Peek 3

A Muse Studio June Spotlight - Elegant Summer Event showcases all the amazingly creative things that you can make using the a|s products.

Case in point - these super cute miniature candy wrappers. What a great way to add just that little something extra to your parties!

When you attend my Elegant Summer Event A Muse Workshop on July 10th you will have the opportunity to make these wrappers using the Sea Shells and Mad for Plaids sets with the Seaglass Cardstock.  

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

To make it a little sweeter, the stamp sets showcased in the June Spotlight are 10% off until July 15th.  These are: Classic Alphabet, Sea Shells, Keep Swimmin’, Life’s a Breeze & Mad for Plaids 

Hope to see you July 10th!   RSVP to to reserve your spot today! 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

July Blog Hop - Red, White and Blue

Welcome to the monthly A Muse Studio Independent Creative Consultant Blog Hop! This month's theme is Red, White & Blue in honor of our nation's birthday!

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

My card is a CASE of one I saw on Pinterest from blog My Paper Secret that I just had to make! The layout is so versatile, really easy to do and the possibilities are endless!

All products are from A Muse Studio.  I used a paper piercer to make the grid and then filled it in with those yummy a|s Not Your Grandma's Bag of Buttons.  I created the stars using the Star Trio Die set on Sugar cardstock that I had stamped using the Mad for Plaids set in Cranberry ink.  After adding some a|s Diamond glitter to the stars I popped them up and adhered the buttons using glue dots.  To finish the card off I stamped the sentiment using the Birthday Builder set and Voila!  An great card to celebrate our nation's independence day!

Happy 4th of July everyone!  

And to all those that keep our country safe - we thank you!

All products shown can be purchased from my A Muse Studio website.  Check it out!

Now off you go to Dana Vincent's blog for the next stop on the hop.