Sunday, January 29, 2012

Brand New Catalog is Here!

The new 2012 A Muse Studio Catalog and Inspiration Guide has arrived!  I got my first peek at it while at the first National Conference that was held last week in New Orleans at the gorgeous Omni Royal Orleans Hotel.

The Conference kicked off on January 20th with a reception that included swapping with other consultants and a Make-n-Take.  We were all dying to get our hands on the catalog then but it was not to be!  We were teased with some ATCs with some of the new images.  We could not get enough of it!!!  Meeting the other consultants who came from across the country was so much fun, finally being able to put the names and faces together!  After the reception a bunch of us went to a local restaurant, Irene's, for a quick dinner and then off to do some sightseeing. 

The conference kicked off bright and early Saturday morning.  No catalog was to be seen YET!  Kickoff speeches were given by Linda Carnell , Owner of A Muse Studio and Heather Cullen - Chief Creative Officer.  They are both very dynamic women who are talented and inspiring!  We got to listen to what is coming for A Muse Studio and more teasers were given out.  The catalog would finally be in our hot little hands at lunch time.  Boy were we anxious!  We were not disappointed!  I know that when you see the new catalog you will love it as much as I do.  There are so many new GORGEOUS images, products, papers, inks and ribbons that it is hard to take in all at once.  I put sticky notes on all the pages that I loved and pretty soon my catalog looked more like a flag!

The conference continued throughout the weekend with more discussion of new products, changes that consultants welcomed and customers will love and thoughts of what we will do for our hostesses and customers!  The conference concluded with a Stamping Soiree with us making cards and projects using the new products.  Oh wait until you see it all!

If you would like your very own catalog, email me at for details.  If you are local and would like to attend my upcoming Open House on February 4th, from 10:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  please see my Events Calendar or Facebook page for more details. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Charming Gardeners - Day 2

I am having fun making cards with the new A Muse Studio sets.  Charming Gardeners is a great all-purpose set.  You could make a very pretty notecard set for the gardener in your life, teachers gifts, sympathy cards, thank you notes, etc.  The list goes on.  For my latest card from this set I used Tombow markers to color on the images and then stamped them.  Be sure to huff (not blow) on them prior to stamping to re-wet the ink.  The softness of doing marker to image is quite different than when using pigment ink.
Charming Gardeners done with Tombow Watercolor Markers.  Sentiment: Memento Tuxedo Black

I hope you have been enjoying the A Muse Studio sneak peeks as much as I have enjoyed playing in my studio with them.  It was great having Monday off.  A whole day to play, well most of it anyway.  Bijou, my boxer, demands a lot of attention as well.

Monday, January 16, 2012

A Muse Studio Sneak Peeks - Charming Gardeners

Venetian Lido and Grape CS, Charming Gardeners Images

 Are you ready for some sneak peeks of the 2012 A Muse Studio products?  I have been playing today with some of the new items and wanted to show you what I made using the Charming Gardeners set.  I love flowers (no secret there) and decided to color this beautiful flower grouping using Tombow Watercolor Markers on watercolor paper.  I stamped the images in Memento Tuxedo Black.  I used a palette to color the markers on and painted using a wet brush that was dipped in the colors.  I love watercoloring, something I loved to do in art classes when I was in school.  It is very calming and I love the soft look of it.

I know my pictures do not do justice to the new papers and I have to tell you how GORGEOUS they are!  The pairings of the venetian and solid colors offers so many ways to show off you images!

Just a few more days until you will get your first look at the new catalog.  Contact me to put your name on the list for a catalog! 

Venetian Rialto, Lido and Grape CS, Chaming Gardeners Images

Stamp Club Fun

All products A Muse Studio excepted where noted.
 I kicked off my 2012 Stamp Club with the cards below.  Many laughs were had, stories shared and a kiss or two from my boxer Bijou.  She always has to be in the thick of things! 

The card of the left is a CASE of a design by Lori Barnett.  I used Versamark and the Ornate Elements set on Kraft cardstock to make the background.  I then spritzed the cardstock with the Stardust Finishing Spray (hint, hint, hint - a little goes a LONG way).

The sentiment from the Celebrate in Style set is on Vanilla CS that I diecut using a die from Die-Namics.

Mortise Masking Valentines Card
The heart card is a CASE of a card that Donna Hitz had on her blog.  Isn't it just gorgeous!  Her design had a felt heart and pearl sticker in place of my Cranberry glittered heart.

I used the Mortise Masking technique to color the interior of the heart using Blush ink and a dauber.   The Script background was then stamped with Versafine Onyx Black on top of the Blush ink with the mask still in place.  I finished it off with a bow in Blush Satin ribbon and a simple but gorgeous card is done!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Embossing Adhesive

Finished card with embossed adhesive on the flowers
Well this is a first for me!  This week's A Muse Studio Challenge Blog challenge is to emboss adhesive.

At first I could not come up with something that I was happy with.  I tried embossing the Red Line tape as others have done but it was not working for me.

So I decided that I was not going to participate in this challenge.

But then a funny thing happened on my way to work this morning.  I thought, why not use the Glue Pad and emboss the super cute paper flowers?

So that is exactly what I did.  I first colored the flowers using the Bubblegum, Orange, Papaya and Ocean inks, dabbed them on the glue pad and then dipped them into the embossing powder.  Zapped them with the heat gun and I was impressed with the results!  The EP makes the flowers look like they have dew on them.  Super cute!!!

Close up of flowers
To finish up the card I used a metal ruler to guide me with my black Copic Multi-liner to draw the sentiment box and used the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Celebrate in Style set.  I also added some bling to the center of the flowers, popped them up for added dimension.

I am really happy that I gave this challenge a try and I hope you will too!

Please be sure to play along on the A Muse Studio Challenge Blog.  With prizes given weekly, why not?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year 2012

Happy 2012! 

2011 was a good year when all is said and done.   It was not without trials and tribulations but I can say that is was a good year!  Leaving one company and joining another was stressful but has been surprisingly really good for me!   My family is doing well and my side career with A Muse Studio is very rewarding.  I love paper crafting and being able to do it with others is a wonderful bonus!

For the new year I made a resolution to keep my craft studio looking good.  I am going to keep it clutter free so that I am not always working in a 12x12 space.  <insert big grin here for all those who know exactly what I am talking about>  I am also letting go of supplies that I no longer need and will donate them.  It is very freeing!

Did you make any resolutions regarding your creativity time?   I would love to know what your resolutions are.  

I hope you get to ring in the new year with some creative time and remember that the current A Muse Studio catalogs expire January 31st.