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


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!

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


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!


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
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