Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Blog Challenge Week 2

It is the second week of the A Muse Studio Consultants Blog Challenge and the inspiration for this week's challenge was this photo. The colors are awesome! So beachy feeling and with the butterflies it is it a great combination. Plus since this coming Labor Day weekend is sort of the un-official last weekend of Summer it is great timing!

I love the beach and I also love butterflies (aka flutterbys)! I have a bunch of butterfly bushes in my yard and I love to watch the Monarchs and Swallowtails flit around and they frantically try to get every drop of nectar they can. They are so graceful and pretty! I am fortunate to live near Butterfly Place and to see so many butterflies is incredible. When they land on you it is something special!

So on to my card:

I used the orange from the inspiration card and of course had to add butterflies! I stamped them on the background of the card base using the a|s Orange ink first. I then embossed the base with the Harlequin embossing die (love the texture). I am enamored with the watercolor effect you get when using markers so I decided to color the focal image using Tombow markers, huffed on it to keep the image moist before stamping on the a|s Sugar CS and then stamped the border using the Labels Set. Cut the oval out, popped it up with foam and voila!

Images: a|s Snail & Co.
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, a|s Orange
Markers: Tombow
Paper: a|s Orange CS
Embellishment: Stickles, a|s Harlequin Embossing Die, Vintage Labels Die

Monday, August 22, 2011

Ready for a Challenge?

Are you ready for a challenge?  Well I have one for you!  A few of the A Muse Studio Consultants have come together to create a challenge blog and we would love for you to participate. 

Each week a different consultant will host a challenge and provide a little bio about themselves. Check out the new challenge blog - .  The first challenge is all about GLITTER!  If you are like me, you love the stuff and any time you use it, you are sporting glitter on yourself when you are done!  Who doesn't love to sparkle!

I hope you will play along with our weekly challenges and maybe win one of the weekly prizes.

I hope to see your creation there!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Jack o' lanterns

The cooler nights have gotten me thinking about Fall. I know it's early! It is still August but with all the wonderful A Muse Studio goodies that surround me when I am in my studio, it is hard not to think of the upcoming holiday season.  Wait till you see what I will be posting soon!

Do you send Halloween cards to your Trick or Treater's? My kids are beyond the age of going door-to-door in costume but I will make them cards and send some candy to them at college. I will also be sending cards out to my family and friends.

You are never too old for Halloween!!!

Card Details:
All products from A Muse Studio unless otherwise noted.
Images:  Happy Jacks
Inks: Memento TB
Embellishments: Tombow Markers, Grass Die, Diamond Glitter, Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Punch:Fiskars

Monday, August 15, 2011

What would you choose?

If you could pick $90 in free A Muse Studio products, what would you choose?   Well, by hosting a workshop during A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA (August 22nd - September 30th) that hard decision could be yours!
Want to know more? Ask me!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Calendar of Events

Wow - how time flies!  I have just finishing updating my Calendar of Events page to list all of the upcoming workshops that I have scheduled.

Please check it out and I hope to see you at an event soon!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Tini Time Treat Bag

Isn't this the cutest treat bag!  It is super easy to make and can be used for any occasion. 

I have to say that I am loving the A Muse Studio Tini Time set that is part of this month's Spotlight.  To show how versatile A Muse Studio stamp set are I have been finding different uses for the images in my A Muse Studio sets.

For this treat bag I used images from the Tini Time and Graphic Sunflower sets. Notice that I used the diamond image along the sides of the treat bags and the image is used all over it (sorry I could not take really good picture it - I tried many times!) .  I used all the August Spotlight ink colors as well to show how great a color palette it is.  So summery and fun!

The Tini Time and Graphic Sunflower sets are on my most faves list of a|s stamp sets!!!  I hope you like them as much as I do.

Now here is a challenge for you - try looking at your sets to see what alternative designs you can come up other than the obvious for which the set was created.  I would love to see what you come up with.

Treat Bag Details:
All Products A Muse Studio
Stamps: Tini Time, Graphic Sunflower
Inks: Watermelon, Papaya, Apricot, Lichen & Sage 
Paper: Sugar CS
Accessories: Papaya Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Catalog is here! The Catalog is here!

The 2011 A Muse Studio Holiday and Inspiration Guide is now available. 

I am offering a special on the catalog.  The retail price is $3.95 but for a limited time I am offering the catalog for $1.00 (if local) or $3.00 mailed.  Send me an email today to get yours!

Trust me!  You'll want to see it NOW!

Fine print:  You can start ordering from the catalog on August 22nd.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Blog Hop - What Summer Means

Welcome to the A Muse Studio August Blog Hop - What summer means!

If you are taking part in the blog hop, you should have come from Lori Barnett's  blog.  If not, then you should start from the beginning with her blog until you come to my blog.   It would be a shame to miss out on any of the wonderful cards!

To me Summer is all about the ocean and beaches. There is nothing more calming than walking on the beach, looking for those elusive sand dollars, listening to the waves and feeling the cool New England water on your feet. I have always felt better when I am on the beach. My family loves it as well. It is nothing to see the four of us lounging on the beach reading books, placing chess, backgammon or bocce, having our favorite beach foods: grapes, Wheat Thins, Twizzlers and Tootsie Pops. We have our traditions! Over the years we have spent time at the Cape and New Hampshire but our favorite place is Maine. Whether it is York Beach, Wells or Ogunquit we will be there. It is us as a family and it is my dream to retire to someplace near the ocean!

So to capture all that in a card here is my take: Two beach chairs, a sand dollar, the sand, waves and a gorgeous sunset!  Life is a breeze!!!

Card Details:
All products A Muse Studio
Stamps: Life's A Breeze, Grunged Sunrays, Swanky Backgrounds
Inks: Bermuda, Blueberry, Ocean, Apricot, Watermelon, Orange, Latte
Misc.: Fiskars Border Punch

Now onto Vanessa Buzard's blog!