Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Butterflies, Flowers and Plaids

I am on a roll! Today was finally a day where I got to see some sunshine. I was beginning to feel that I had moss growing on me. So much green all around and so little sun. I cannot imagine living someplace where it rains a lot. I love living in New England, even with all the snow!

So today I spent some time in my studio playing with one of my favorite a|s sets - Graphic Sunflower! It is so versatile and so much fun to play with. I also played withe the a|s Mad for Plaid and Snail & Co. sets. I am in love with Mad for Plaid! The image that I used on the cards below looks like ribbon on cards. The other images in the set are just as wonderful. I am going to concentrate on making different cards with that set to show how much you can do with it.

I have not spent much time using watercolor markers with my A Muse Studio stamps and today was the day to change that. Using my Tombow Markers I colored the stamps before putting them on paper. A little huffing on the stamp to moisten the ink and voila! - a beautiful card (if I do say so myself!). I love the softer look of using the markers.

Images: a|s Graphic Sunflower, a|s Celebrate in Style
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: a|s Sugar CS
Markers: Tombow
Embellishment: Stickles

Images: a|s Snail & Co., a|s Mad for Plaids
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: a|s Sugar CS
Markers: Tombow

Images: a|s A Very Merry Un-Birthday, a|s Mad for Plaids
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: a|s Sugar CS
Markers: Tombow
Embellishment: Stickles

Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Muse Studio Stitched Grosgrain 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):
Shell, Sky, Lime, Ocean

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 June 14th.

Group 1:
1. Karen M.

Group 2:
1. Karen M.

Group 3:

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Monthly Stamp Club Update

The first group has been filled and a second group is now open. If you are interested in becoming a member in the second stamp club group, please let me know. The second group will start as soon as it is filled.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Monthly Stamp Club Signups

As part of the services I offer to my A Muse Studio customers I am starting a Monthly Stamp Club.

Here are the details:
A monthly stamp club is where you commit to ordering at least $25.00 worth of product each month over a six month period. You will have the opportunity of being a Hostess once during this period and you will receive all the normal Hostess Benefits without hosting 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 FREE merchandise of your choice
  • As a member you will also receive a FREE copy of the 2011 A Muse Studio Catalog and Inspiration Guide.
  • Monthly workshop at my home. Topics include techniques, tool demonstrations and swaps.
If you are interested in participating in the Monthly Stamp Club, please email me.

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.

The club will start once there are 6 people signed up.

UPDATE: One spot left in the Stamp Club. If you are thinking about joining, let me know ASAP!

Button Buy-In Offer

I have been asked to offer a buy-in for A Muse Studio buttons. The a|s buttons are sold in packs of 200 single-color buttons. The exception are the clear buttons which come 150 to a pack.

Each person in the buy-in chooses a button color. Each person would then receive 200 buttons in assorted colors.

The buttons colors are awesome and the various sizes offer great flexibility to your card and scrapbooking projects!

If you are interested, please email at attemptedcreativity@gmail.com with your name, color choice and address info if not local to me.

UPDATE as of 5/18 - 8 people are in so far! Here are the selected colors and what awesome colors they are!!!

Bermuda, Blackberry, Bubblegum, Buttercup, French Roast, Grass, Onyx and Pumpkin.

The period to join the Buy-In ends this Sunday, May 22nd at 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Floral Collage

What do bright colors and flowers make? Together they make for a gorgeous card (if I do say so myself). Using different types of flower images on a card using bright colors really catches your eye on this card. The possibilities are endless as well for color combinations. For a Spring birthday (or any occasion really) use pastel colors, for a Fall birthday you can use earth tones. The same layout/design can be used over and over. No stressing over where to start! The addition of the label allows you to add so many different sentiments so you could mass produce the card and just add whatever sentiment the occasion for the card required. Voila! How easy it that!!!

Now for the card details:
All products: A Muse Studio
Images: Clever Girls, Snail & Co, Kindred Spirits, Marvelous Marigolds, Good Fortune
Inks: Bubblegum, Grass, Ocean, Orange
Embellishment: Bubblegum Satin Ribbon, Labels Die Set
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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Beautiful Botannicals Thank You

I decided that I wanted to make a one layer card to show how quick and easy card making can be!
This card came together in about 10 minutes, tops. The hardest part was lining up the Cuttlebug embossing strip to make sure it was straight (I have a problem lining things up). I ended up using some removable tape to insure that the embossing strip did not move when I put the embossing plate over the card.

I stamped the image and then using daubers colored the stem and flowers with the Memento inks, using a light touch. Followed up with some Stickles (love them!) and a small bow and VoilĂ ! a quick card!

Card Details:
Images : a|s Beautiful Botannicals and Essential Sentiments sets.
Inks: Memento Lulu Lavender and New Sprout, Versafine Onyx Black
Embellishments: a|s Lime Organdy Ribbon, Stickles, Cuttlebug Embossing

Friday, May 13, 2011

A Muse Studio Open House May 21st

Please join me for an A Muse Studio Open House!

For anyone not familiar with A Muse Studio, they offer an exclusive line of cling-mount red rubber stamps, custom-printed papers, ribbons, dies and embellishments for creating handmade greeting cards, scrapbook pages and more.

At my Open House there will be make-n-takes, door prizes, specials, refreshments and more. The make-n-takes will be using the new A Muse Studio line of products.

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

Bring a friend or two! I look forward to seeing you at my Open House!

For directions please email me at attemptedcreativity@gmail.com

Details can also be found on Facebook here.

Hope to see you on the 21st!

Anniversary Cards

This is the time of year when there are many wedding anniversaries and having cards on hand to celebrate the occasion is a must. For this card I used my Nestibilities to emboss the a|s Onyx Polka Dot card back to create a frame for the center oval where I stamped the Damask image and overlaid the Happy Anniversary sentiment. The card can be dressed up with some ribbon, glitter, pearl stickers and embossing. A nice go to layout!

Card Details:
Images: a|s Damask Greetings and Essential Sentiments sets.
Inks: a|s Bubblegum, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: a|s Onyx Polka Dot cardstock

For a different layout for the sample focal image I used a MS punch and a|s ribbon to add detail.

Card Details:
Images: a|s Damask Greetings and Essential Sentiments sets.
Inks: a|s Bubblegum, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: a|s Lime Polka Dot cardstock
Embellishments: a|s Bubblegum Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Simple But Elegant Sympathy Card

The one card that most people have a hard time making and unfortunately necessary from time to time are Sympathy cards. I know I have a hard time with them and I am sure I am not alone. This card came together quickly and it is fairly simple. I used the A Muse Studio (a|s) Harlequin Embossing die to give the card base some nice texture. My picture does not do it justice but you can at least see some of the design. I used Tombow markers to color the image, stamped then cut and embossed it using my Nestibilities. The With Sympathy sentiment from the a|s Essential Sentiments set and finished it off with some Pearls and Stickles.

Card Details:
Images : a|s Autumn Beauty and Essential Sentiments sets.
Inks: Tombow Markers 126 & 676 and Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: as Sage Polka Dot Cardstock
Embellishments: a|s Sugar Pearl Stickers, Stickles, a|s Lime Organdy Ribbon

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Father's Day Card

Father's Day is a little over a month away!

There was a request for samples of Father's Day cards and luckily I had the wrench image from the a|s Tool-Rific set. Using my stamp positioner I was able to alternate stamping of the wrench in a|s Ocean and then followed up with stamping the wrench in a|s French Roast. Using the stamp positioner made it so easy to not have to switch ink colors each time! I love the turquoise and brown color combination!

Card Details:
Images : a|s Tool-Rific and Rock Star sets.
Inks: a|s Ocean and as French Roast
Paper: a|s French Roast Vintage Cardstock

Recessed Window Card

The very first A Muse Studio Consultant Challenge was issued today! The challenge is to make a Recessed Window Card using A Muse Studio products.

Card Details:
The card base was first embossed using the a|s Harlequin embossing die.The window was cut using an oval from the large Oval Nestabilities set. The bride and groom image is from the a|s Happily Ever After set and the sentiment is from the a|s Essential Sentiments set. I stamped the image using Versafine Onyx Black, heat set the image and colored it using Copic Markers (E33, R00, R29, RV10). The bride's gown is embellished with a|s Diamond Glitter and the card base is dressed up with some a|s Bubblegum and a|s Onyx Organdy Ribbons.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Thinking of You

More flowers! Using a sheet of white cardstock I stamped the images randomly (like a One Sheet Wonder) and cut them into various sizes for cards. It speeds the process of cardmaking when you need to make many cards at once. Different layouts, papers and embellishments and you've got a great collection of go-to cards whenever you need them!

Card Details:
Images : A Muse Studio Graphic Sunflower, Clever Girls, Avian Notes and Essential Sentiments sets.
Inks: A Muse Studio Shell, Lemon Whip, Sky and Lichen from the Spring Collection, Versafine Onyx Black
Embellishments: A Muse Studio Bubblegum Satin Ribbon, Stickles

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Get Well Soon

As my friends know, I love flowers! My collection of stamps tends to run towards flowers above all else and it can be a problem (but not in a bad way). You have to go with what you like right? Right!

Anyway, flowers make people feel better in so many ways and this card was made with a specific person in mind, someone who is going through a lot and needs some cheering up. I think this burst of Spring will help her!

Card Details:
Images : A Muse Studio Graphic Sunflower, Clever Girls, Avian Notes and Essential Sentiments sets.
Inks: A Muse Studio Shell, Lemon Whip, Sky and Lichen from the Spring Collection, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: A Muse Studio Navy and Blueberry Gingham Cardstock
Embellishments: A Muse Studio Twinkle Stickers

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Celebration Continues...

This card was a fun and quick one to make! The beer mug (or root beer if you prefer) I thought went well with the Celebrate IN STYLE sentiment. Enjoy!

images: A Muse Studio Hey, Man! set
sentiment: A Muse Studio Celebrate in Style set
ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black
paper: vanilla cardstock, A Muse Studio Cherry Vintage, A Muse Studio Cherry Shimmer Couture, Black Bazzill
embellishment: cream pearl pen, Copics Markers

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Celebrate in Style

Do you like to celebrate in style? I do! But alas, I live vicariously through others, ha ha ha! But I do have to say that the Celebrate in Style A Muse Studio set lets you make some gorgeous celebration cards! The sentiments that come with this set feature the most beautiful font! The sentiments are: Celebrate in Style, On Your Special Day, Wishing You Champagne Kisses and Caviar Dreams, Ain't Life Grand, Congratulations and Happy Birthday. So many great sentiments for all those celebration events!

For this card I used Versafine Onyx Black ink, embossed the image and sentiment using clear embossing powder, added some Stickles for some bling on the drops of the chandelier and candles, mounted it on Cherry Shimmer. The card base is Vintage Onyx.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Hey, Man!

The hey, man! A Muse Studio set is a blast to work with! The set is definitely geared towards making masculine cards which always seem to be the most difficult to make. I know for me when most of the images that I have tend to be floral in nature, sets like hey, man! are wonderful!