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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Monday, September 19, 2011

Make Your Own Embellishments

Welcome to this week's A Muse Studio Consultants Blog Challenge!  The challenge is to make your own embellishments.   There are so many ways to make your own embellishments.  Add a button with some ribbon or twine, glitter a butterfly die cut, add some glitter to scor-tape, twinkle stickers, bows, etc.  So many possibilities!

I wanted to use one of the Holiday sets for my card and decided on the Snow Crystals set.  Aren't the snowflakes gorgeous!

To give them a little pop I added some twinkle stickers that I colored with Copic Markers to match the inks that I used.  For the focal image I took one of the paper flowers from the Meadow Mix and sponged on some Winter Sky ink to match the other Winter Sky snowflakes.  I love the technique of sponging ink onto the paper flowers!  It is so much fun to make the flowers really pop.  They are the perfect embellishment!  To finish it off the center image I added a larger twinkle sticker to the middle of the flower.   

I know I do not want to rush winter but these snowflakes are too cute!

Card Details:
images: Snow Crystals
ink: Navy, Pebble, Winter Sky
embellishments: Meadow Mix Paper Flowers, Clear Twinkle Stickers, Copic Markers
cardstock: Vanilla

Monday, September 12, 2011

Gotta Have Ribbon - Blog Challenge

Well it is that time of the week again - another edition of the A Muse Studio Consultant Blog Challenge.

This week's theme is RIBBON - use it in any way on a card or project.

If you have read some of my previous blog posts then you know I am in the mood for Fall. The temperatures have been getting cooler here and the festivals are in full swing. I am counting the days until we go on our annual apple picking trip which is always a lot of fun.

For my challenge card I used the Bounty of the Season set with A Muse Studio 1/4" French Roast Stitched Grosgrain. I love that ribbon and have it in all the colors! I also used the Woodgrain impression and Vintage Labels dies.

For the focal image of the wheat I used Toffee Ink and then clear embossing powder to give it some depth and sheen. I distressed the edges and mounted the image on French Roast Shimmer CS.

I hope you will participate in the challenge and show us your creation using ribbon. Be sure you post your link on the challenge blog here!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Inky Fingers Blog Hop - It's Fall

Well it's almost Fall! Welcome to the A Muse Studio - Inky Fingers Team Blog Hop! This month's theme is, you guessed it, Fall or rather all things autumnal!

Did you just come from Tobey's blog? If not, you do not want to miss all the other wonderful stops on the blog hop so be sure to start at Liz's blog before you come back here!

Living in New England we get spoiled with all the gorgeous foliage colors but we do not take it for granted. I love seeing those colors, the reds, oranges and yellows! There is no better place to be in the Fall than in New England!

So onto my card! I used the a|s Autumn Leaves set with the Mortise Masking Technique for the frame (in Toffee). I just love the Autumn Leaves set! The possibilities with the leaves are endless with the color combinations and designs you can come up with!

The first thing I did was to make the frame. Next I sponged the ink colors (Cherry and Orange) onto the leaves using daubers but first stamping the sentiment (in Nutmeg) for placement. I added some pearls for some extra bling and some of the beautiful French Roast satin ribbon and I love how it came out. Change up the colors and leaves and you have another fabulous card!

For more details on Mortise Masking, check out Julie Ebersole's video here.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Fall & Thanksgiving Workshop

With all the cooler weather we have had lately it is hard not to starting thinking of Fall and all that rest of the holidays that are coming up, like Thanksgiving. It is timely (that is what I keep telling myself when I have only been to the beach twice this summer) that my upcoming workshop theme is Fall & Thanksgiving. I do love this time of year with apple picking, hay rides, carving pumpkins, apple pies and turkey. In New England Fall is a special time!

So here are the two cards that you will be making when you attend this Wednesday's Workshop. You will be using the Mortise Masking Technique to make the Fall card. It is fairly easy and produces awesome results! You will love it!

If you have not signed up for the workshop, there is still time. Send me an email or go to my Facebook page.

Bring your workshop kit (detail scissors and flat adhesive). Hope to see you on Wednesday!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Blog Hop - What's New?

Welcome to the September A Muse Studio Consultant Blog Hop!

I hope you have enjoyed the blog hop so far!  Aren't Carla's cards cute!  If you missed it, then you should start from the beginning with Samantha's blog until you come to my blog.

This month the challenge is to create a card using products that are in the new Holiday Catalog & Inspiration Guide.  Since Halloween is not that far away I decided to use images from the Too Cute To Spook set.  This card is a CASE from a sample that was on display at the Nashua On The Road event.

I first stamped the sentiment on the tag to be sure that the placement was right for the cat and pumpkin.  Next I stamped the black cat.  For the pumpkin I stamped it on Sugar CS in Memento Tuxedo Black since I would be coloring it with Copic Markers.  To color the pumpkin I used YG17, Y08, YR16 and YR18.  I then fussy cut the pumpkin and turned it over and using a pencil I drew the cut line to separate the pumpkin into two pieces.  To finish off the black cat I used the Onyx Flock on the body and colored the cats eyes with YG17.  I popped the pumpkin on top of the cat to make him appear to be peeking out.  Added the Onyx Twine bow, added the tag to the Orange CS and put the tag on the Onyx Polka Dot card base.

Isn't the black cat cute peeking out of the pumpkin!

Here is a close up of the black cat! All fuzzy and cute!

Card details:
All products A Muse Studio except where noted
image: Too Cute To Spook
ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
embellishments: Copic markers, Onyx Twine, Onyx Flock, Tag Dies

Now off to Liana's blog for the next stop on the hop!