Friday, December 2, 2011

December 2nd Blog Hop @ A Muse!

If you are checking out our A Muse hop today then you should have come from Tami Grandi's blog and if not, then you are welcome to start from the beginning with Samantha Kania's blog until you come back here.  I would hate for you to miss out on all the A Muse crafty goodness! :) 

This month's theme is anything goes so I dug through my ever growing stash of A Muse products and came up with a card. 

I used sugar, cranberry and blush for the main card stock.  The 3 stamps set used were Just my type, hearts a plenty and vintage labels.  I stamped the typewriter on to "the night before Christmas" paper and then used my black copic to color in sections.  I also used my uni-ball silver pen to color in the return handle.  I used bubblegum ink for the heart but I wanted the dots to pop so I used my red lipstick copic to outline and color in the dots.  I then took some bubblegum polka dot ribbon and glued it down with some glassy accents.  Topped off the card with three silver mini brads and it's done :) I think this card is way cooler in person because the paper is 3D.  If you are coming to NOLA you might get to see it there since I turned it in to the consultant showcase! 

Now that you've poked around on my page it's time to go to your next stop to Karen Crisp's blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day :) 

Monday, November 7, 2011

One for the guys!

I did this card for a blog hop that I had this past weekend for YCU and it turned out to be a pretty big hit.  On my other blog I used A Muse products for everything but the tie and a brad (because I don't have any brads from A Muse) so this time I though my hubby's birthday is coming up - why not do it with 100% A Muse products.  So here it is.  I used a vanilla button with cherry twine, my spellbinder nesting circles, The shirt and sentiment came from the Brief Notes stamp set.  White, Buttercup and Sky round out my solid paper while the text paper is Santa's Twas the night before Christmas. 

I was supposed to join the A Muse blog hop that happened on 11/2.  I signed up and then couldn't find the post among a bunch of other issues that seem to hit all at once.  I didn't realize it until Sat night.  I am sorry for all the hoppers that came here looking for the next link.  I promise for the Dec 2nd hop I will have the correct post etc.  Thank you to everyone who checked out my blog anyway and left comments - I really appreciate it!!! :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

November's Holiday Show!

I have an upcoming show on Nov 12th and I have been madly working on "samples" for my hostess and her guests.  Check it out :)

We have the best stamps for tags!  This holiday tag set is chock full of fun and stamps!  A great value and a WHOLE LOT of FUN!  I just love this collection and had a ton of fun making them.  I colored all of them with my beloved Copic markers and I used the tag die set as well as the nesting circles from Spellbinders.

I used two sets here - foiled again and holiday tags.  Foiled again just cracks me up in general and when I saw this little guy I knew he would perfect to represent good ol' Saint Nick!  I used a 1" circle punch for the bottom with evergreen, cranberry, lime gingham and night before word paper.  Then I took my awesome Spellbinder machine and using Labels 4 punched out a great frame in our lovely french toast (it's such a cozy color!).  Then I used my most FAVORITE product EVER!  Our Stardust Finishing Spray!!!  This is a must have!  Seriously!  You spray it on and it makes everything have this beautiful shimmer/glitter sheen.  I LOVE IT and had a hard time not using it on EVERYTHING *sigh <3*

I used Candy Cane Wishes for this simple card. I took the peppermint stamped it 10 times using fern ink, cut them out and made a tree.  The sentiment is the trunk in french toast ink.  Added some cherry twine & ribbon and another new favorite of mine (I need them in every color!) is a vanilla button shaped as a star <love>.   

So on the holiday catalog sits a version of this card.  This is mine.  I flocked (how how fun that stuff is :) all the white, colored the bucket with our silver pen and used Copic markers for the red and black.  Added some black polka dot ribbon and lime gingham to this fun festive card.  Another fun thing to do that I just thought of would be to add some rhinestones in place of the buttons - oooh, me likey!  Oh I also used our bow maker to make that cute little bow. 

I was going to make a snowman tag (cut out with my nesting circles from Spellbinders) but ended up with this very simple happy accident!  I used the Naughty or Nice set to make the card above and I was going to use the Santa hat as an accent in place of a button or bow.   Instead I laid it down on my table on top of the snowman and POOF - happy accident.  I also flocked the white and colored with Copic markers the same way I did the jacket in the card above.  I left the snowman colorless because I wanted the hat to really pop!.  Then I used our washi tape which is just amazing stuff in silver as a background. A simple sentiment at the bottom corner and you have one super quick, super cute, super simple card.  This would be a great mass production card of anyone who is looking for one :)

 This is my last card using Santa's Flight stamp set, our paper flowers, some bling, washi tape in gold, black Staz-on ink, pebble ink, lime ribbon in satin and organdy, a toothpick and the large Sheet Music stamp as a background.   

Thursday, October 13, 2011

With Sympathy cards

One the Judges I work with lost his mother right before her 99th birthday so I decided to put my stamps to good use and make a few cards.  I ended up going with the blue one because everyone always does black and white for these types of cards.  I made it extra large so everyone in my office could sign it. 

I think it could use something more.  I'm always afraid of putting too much on a card so I end up stopping short.  Anyway the all the stamps are A Muse along with the pearls and ribbon.  I used Tim Holtz's distress inks in peeled paint and chipped sapphire with some water to make it look more like a watercolor flower.  The patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye and the solid is from Bazzill.  The white-ish looking back ground is really vellum. 

Sentiment and pearls from the A Muse stater package.  The paper I've had for a while and sadly I don't know who makes it.  I used standard black ink and a finger sponge dauber to distress parts. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pictures from October 8th's show

Here are the cards that everyone created going off of the RTRW and I couldn't be prouder!  I just love the creativity and different ways everyone views a stamp set.  So much fun!
Just a few of the girls hard at work :)

It was a good time and I'm happy to say that not only do I get a show from this party to do in November (Santa anyone?) but I just was booked to do two for early next year!  I'm just so excited!  I have never done anything like this before and have normally attended other parties but never wanted anything to do with being a consultant until I saw one of my favorite stamp companies switch gears.  Now instead of being the last person to have parties booked back to back I'm the first!  Thank you so much for all the support - the craft community really has the biggest heart. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Checking in

hello there,
I'm just checking in with another A Muse card.  I'm sending this one to the troops as part of my operation write home blog hop I did on my other blog ( but sadly I did a show on Sat and it has gone missing along with the bubblegum one below (not sad I did my first show but sad that they are M.I.A)  So now I need to re-create both but I'm still sharing because A Muse stamps go great with all the new scrapbook/papercraft collections out there :)  I will be back to share some photos of my first show AND I got another booking for a show in Nov!  How awesome is that!?  I can't wait to post those samples - I just ordered everything tonight. 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Halloween samples - set 1

As promised below are just two of the make n takes everyone will get to do next Saturday.  The treat bag I re-designed but the card is something A Muse created.  I decided to not re-create this card because it's a good basic flat stamp card that will be easy to make and get everyone into the grove of A Muse :)  I will have a couple different color inks so that everyone can pick their favorites and make it their own while having some fun.  I will have more samples posted in the next few days.