Monday, October 31, 2011

Dry Embossing

Adding texture to a card is as simple as adding some dry embossing. This can either be done using a stylus, an embossing folder or as I did using a scoring board. This technique can make a drab background look totally different!

Halloween is right around the corner and this quick card can be given to any ghost or goblin to make their day! hope you will join my fellow Design Team members on the A Muse Studio Consultant Challenge blog with your own rendition of Dry Embossing! 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Unfortunate Timing

Can this really be happening?  It is October not January!  We came back from our Disney vacation where the temps were in the mid-80's to a New England Snowstorm!  We got 12" of snow and with the weight of the leaves that were still on the trees and the wind our trees suffered much damage.  Trees that we have lovingly planted and nurtured over the years are gone!  Trees that grew as our children grew will now have to be taken down.  How sad I am.  It is funny how you grow to feel about things.  This picture is of the Kousa Dogwood that is in the front of our house.  We planted it when we did our front yard renovation.  It flowered so much this year and the blossoms lasted extraordinarily long.  It also grew a few feet which may have contributed to the amount of damage it suffered.  It split in half and at this time we do not know if it can be saved.

This picture is what is left of my favorite tree - Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus).  I have never seen a tree that smelled so wonderful as this one.  Below is what it looked like before:
Fringe Tree in blossom
This tree blossomed three different times this year, with the most recent being a week ago! When the wind would blow the scent was heavenly!  I am heartsick about this tree!  I do not know if it will survive.

This picture is of the Weeping Cherry that has graced our yard for many years.  It was completely destroyed and will have to be cut down.  Luckily the Japanese Maple that was to the right of it survived without damage as far as we can tell.  We will know better in the Spring.

What the damage is after the snow melted

Weeping Cherry in her prime

A few more pictures of our yard:
The shed sporting a tree topper

Maple Tree brushing off the snow on my car

Maple and Birch trees

Pretty Leaves

Missing:  One tree top

Field view next to our house. 

Side view of our yard

Balsam Firs

Oak tree brushing our house

Rose of Sharon

Maple tree minus its top

Trellis at garden entrance

Monday, October 17, 2011

Not Your Grandma's Bag of Buttons

Don't you love the name of A Muse Studio's buttons, Not Your Grandma's Bag of Buttons?  Well they are aptly named for sure!  I love their buttons.  The colors are awesome and there are so many ways to incorporate them into your crafty goodness.

For the A Muse Studio Consultant Challenge this week we are to use buttons.  I hope you enjoy my card!  I also incorporated another technique (TJ's Spirelli Technique) with the twine on my card.  I think the a|s Bakers Twine makes it look like part of the spider's web the way it is wound around the scallop circle.  And the Sleepy Hollow text paper just makes for a great background for the spider!

Enjoy and I hope to see YOUR entry into the challenge!

Instructions on the Spirelli Technique: 
Start with the twine at the top of the circle, slightly to the right with the twine end adhered to the back of the scallop with adhesive.  Keep a firm grip on the twine but not too tight as to make the scallop circle buckle.

Loop the twine through the divide between the scallops and going left count down 7 scallops and wind twine though the divide and back up to the left of the first loop.  Loop twine to the right of the last loop and repeat so that you are filling in the scallops to the left of the top scallop and to the right of the bottom scallop.  Repeat pattern until you have filled in the amount of twine desired.  

I left 8 scallops open.  Adhere the end to the back of the scallop with more adhesive.

This technique can be used with any scallop shapes.  I hope you enjoy the results!

Monday, October 10, 2011


This week's A Muse Studio Consultant Challenge is to use a focal image and make a background out of it.  I love the Hey, Man! set.  I think it is a great set for making masculine cards.

Here is what I did to make this quick card:  I first stamped the briefs in Pebble and Memento Tuxedo Black to make the background and matted the background layer onto Cherry CS.  I also stamped the shorts and the sentiment on Vanilla CS matted on more Cherry.  To finish off the card I used some of the Cherry Stitched Grosgrain and popped up the focal image and there you go!  A quick card!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Falling Leaves

It is that time again.  Time for another A Muse Studio Challenge.  This week's challenge is to make a card using leaves.  Of course I had to use the Autumn Leaves set which is one of my all-time favorite sets.  The leaves are so versatile and with the wide range of ink colors that you can use, the color combinations are endless.

For my card I used the Mortise Masking Technique for the background and then stamped a variety of the leave images in Cherry, Orange, Grass, French Roast and Squash, the colors that you see here in New England when the leaves start turning their glorious colors!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

World Card Making Day Blog Hop

Happy World Card Making Day 2011!  

I hope you get to celebrate this day making your own cards.  Isn't it great to have a day to celebrate doing something that we LOVE!  For me, making cards feeds my creative side and my family and friends get to receive the end results!  It is a win-win situation for everyone!

So to celebrate this day I have not a but 2 cards for you in honor of WCMD and my favorite time of the year - CHRISTMAS!  I love everything about Christmas and as my family knows I love to decorate my house for the holiday season and spend HOURS decorating our Christmas tree.  It is a total labor of love.

I also love winter time and snow on trees.  This card that I made exemplifies how beautiful it is here in New England when there is fresh snow on the evergreen trees.  It is breathtaking!

My favorite Christmas story is The Polar Express and the Santa image from the A Christmas Carol set reminds me of it.    

Card Details:  All products A Muse Studio except where noted. 
Images: Winter Stag & A Christmas Carol
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, a|s Sugar, Winter Sky and Navy
Embellishments: a|s Pearls, embossing powder, a|s Diamond Glitter, a|s buttons and twine, Copic Markers R29, RV11, 110, W6, E00, YG23, R00, E33, E37, W2