Friday, March 24, 2017

April Release Day!

Wahoo! It's here!  Release day for A Muse Studio's April Collection!  To celebrate, I have one of my favorite cards that I made this this collection to share with you.  I used the largest of the nesting stitched egg dies and then just part of the bunny candy package die to make a negative image of the bunny head in the egg.  I popped them up with some foam tape and added the twine and buttons.  The card isn't a standard size, but I think the long and narrow shape of it looks great!

Paper: A Muse sugar, grass stripes, melon scallops, and bermuda petite gingham cardstock
Misc.: A Muse buttercup buttons, A Muse vanilla twine, foam mounting tape, A Muse stitched eggs and bunny candy package dies

Here's the April collection in it's entirety!

Two new stamp sets with matching dies:

New egg and bunny candy package dies:

Great new paper patterns and colors:

New washi tape:

Plus new colors of die ink!  Bermuda and Grass! And an assortment of Baker's Cording! There is so much to love!  There's even a new bundle option to save 10% and get it all!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

a•muse | studio April Sneak Peak Day 3

Day 3!!!  Here's the third sneak peak for A Muse Studio's April Collection!  Today, I get to show you some of the beautiful new washi tape!  It comes in a duo and a trio, so 5 new patterned rolls of washi tape in total!  They are all SO pretty!  Here, I used them to make a background for the negative die cut of the stitched egg die set (also new!).  They are so bright and fresh and springy!  A welcome change after such a very long winter here in the PNW.

There's more to see about them and a GIVEAWAY on the a•muse | studio blog today!  And on the blogs of my fellow DT members, Ilina, Melissa, and Lisa!

Don't forget, this new collection will be available for purchase starting tomorrow, Friday March 24th!!!  You will not regret it!

Stamps: A Muse sweet easter
Ink: VersaFine onyx black
Paper: A Muse bermuda stripes, sugar, and melon scallops cardstock
Misc.: A Muse bermuda pearl stickers, foam mounting tape, A Muse stitched nesting egg, postage stamp, and label die sets, A Muse washi duo and floral washi trio

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

a•muse | studio April Sneak Peak Day 2

Here we are at Day 2 of sneak peaks!

Today I've got this cute little BERMUDA GINGHAM (I'm still extremely excited about this new color of gingham) bunny favor to share with you!  It's made using a cute little candy package die, like this one or this or even this one.  These little candy package perfectly hold those Hersey's little nuggets.  YUM!!  They work well for other candy too, like a lollipop.  I couldn't resist adding a little white tail to the back of this one.

Stamps: A Muse sweet easter
Ink: VersaFine onyx black
Paper: A Muse bermuda petite gingham and orange petite pinstripe
Misc.: A Muse 7mm bunny bums, A Muse sage baker's cording, foam mounting tape, A Muse bunny candy package and label dies, We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile (for hole punch), A Muse orange twinkle stickers, mini glue dots

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

a•muse | studio April Sneak Peak Day 1

It's finally here!  The first sneak peak of the April Collection I get to share with you!

Today's card features the new Sweet Easter set!  It's a BIG set!  There are a lot of adorable images to it.  And dies to match!  They are perfect for coloring.  I really like Easter images and these were great fun to work with.

More new items for April include NEW colors of cardstock!  I used the new Melon Herringbone cardstock on this card.  But, there's also Bermuda Herringbone, Bermuda Scallops, Melon Scallops, Bermuda Stripes, Grass Stripes, Grass Petite Gingham (an old favorite brought back!!), and the one I'm MOST excited about....BERMUDA Petite Gingham!  The petite gingham has loooooooong been my absolute favorite patterned cardstock.  I have a huge stash of it that I ration out.  So, seeing Grass Petite Gingham make a return was awesome.  But an entirely new never before printed Bermuda color of it, I'm seriously over the moon!

Over on the a•muse | studio blog there's some more sneak peaks, as well on the blogs of my fellow Design Team members, Ilina, Melissa, and Lisa.  I'm so proud to be a part of such a creative team.  Check them out!

Stamps: A Muse Sweet Easter
Ink: VersaFine onyx black and A Muse black dye (retired)
Paper: A Muse melon herringbone, grass petite gingham, sugar, and bermuda petite pinstripe
Misc.: A Muse vanilla twine, A Muse bermuda buttons, foam mounting tape, A Muse postage stamp and landscape die sets


Sunday, March 19, 2017

An Exciting Announcement!

I've been sitting on this for a little while, but now that it's public I can share it!  I'm a member of the A Muse Studio Design Team for 2017!!  I am SO SO SO excited!  I've been in love with A Muse since waaaay back when it was A Muse Artstamps and was my little local stamp shop.  Things have changed and grown over the years and when they announced that they were going to discontinue having consultants and close down, I was sad that I'd not be able to get their amazing products any longer.

Apparently, I wasn't the only one who felt that way and they decided to continue as an online business!  They've got a great new website and will still be releasing some new product every month!  I can show you sneak peaks of these new things starting March 21st!  With the full new release available on March 24th!  That's in just 6 days!!  And let me tell you, it's a great collection!  I'll also be sharing a lot of things I made with the featured products each month.  So get ready for more blog posts from me!

Until then, I'll have to tide you over with this instead. Here's a card I made for my friend Nicole's bridal shower last summer.  Instead of a pattered paper, I made the damask style background using a stamp and the same color ink and paper for a tone on tone look.

Stamps: A Muse best wishes, gown, and ornate elements set
Ink: A Muse azul and black dye and Brilliance onyx
Paper: A Muse sugar, shimmer couture sugar and azul cardstock and A Muse silk micro fine glitter paper
Misc.: A Muse banner die and stitched circles die set, JudiKins clear embossing powder, foam mounting tape, Copic makers, and Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

St. Patrick's Day No. 1

After over a month of being plague ridden, our household seems finally on the mend.  *knocks on all the wood*  I've been making a lot of things lately, though I can't share them all just yet!  But, here's the first St. Patrick's Day card I've done this year.  As always, I love making St. Patrick's Day cards since I'm part Irish and even more so now that my son's birthday is the same day!  The inside says "Happy St. Patrick's Day".

Stamps: A Muse essential sentiments too (inside)
Ink: Delicata golden glitz (inside)
Paper: A Muse wasabi reverse dot, wasabi petite pinstripe, wasabi hexagon, and grass shimmer couture cardstock
Misc.: A Muse gold baker's cording, foam mounting tape, Quickie glue pen, A Muse tall alphabet, mini banners, and tag bundle die sets, and Memory Box lucky leaves die

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Classroom Valentines

Well,  it's been a while since I've posted.  But, I wanted to share the little classroom Valentine's I made for my son's school this year.  There are a cute little swing top box filled with sour peach gummy hearts.  (Which were delicious, because I had to test them you know, to make sure quality)  This year we made them for not only Kieran's classmates, but all the other specialist teachers and principals and office staff as well!  The morning of Valentine's Day we went to the office and put them in the various faculty mailboxes which he thought was pretty exciting.

SuppliesStamps: A Muse dino clear set and with love set and JustRite DIY Curlz monogram set and Times New Roman font setInk: A Muse cherry and VersaFine onyx blackPaper: A Muse cherry heartbreaker, sugar, and cherry chevron cardstockMisc.:  A Muse onyx baker's twine, A Muse heart twinkle stickers, foam mounting tape, Spica jet black glitter pen, Lifestyle Crafts nesting hearts die set, and Mama Elephant Union Square Creative Cuts die set (clear plastic bags and washi tape on the inside to hold the candy)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Abundant Autumn No. 1

Well, I did my Abundant Autumn class back in October, but now I've got time to blog about it AND it's closer to actual Thanksgiving!

Many of you may know that pie is a VERY important thing in my family.  We take it VERY seriously.  My grandmother was an amazing pie maker, and as a child she taught me.  Now that she's gone, the pie making duties for our family fall to me.  I have lots of opinions about butter vs shortening in the crust, spices, whipped cream from scratch, and so on.  So, when I saw this AMAZING pie box favor and toppings set that A Muse came out with for their October collection I think an entire 30 seconds elapsed before I placed my order.  I mean, lattice top, 3D whipped cream, and and side crusts?!  GET IN MY CRAFT ROOM!

Stamps: A Muse turkey day set
Ink: A Muse dye marigold and Memento Rich Cocoa 
Paper: A Muse pumpkin, toffee, kraft, and sugar shimmer couture cardstock
Misc.: A Muse orange baker's cording, foam mounting tape, A Muse pie box, pie box add on, and tag you're it tag bundle die sets

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Halloween No. 5

I hope everyone out there had a safe and super fun Halloween last night!  I know we did!  Here is my very last, and probably my very favorite, Halloween card this year!  I made it for my mom who really loves a sort of French inspired/vintage/clown type of Halloween theme.  I had to use my absolute crafting nemesis.  Black embossing powder.  I just have the worst time with it, but in this case, I really needed it for just the right look!  Using my MISTI really helped since it was with a big background stamp.  The inside says "Happy Halloween"

Stamps: A Muse harlequin background, treat expppurt set and happy halloween (inside)
Ink: VersaFine onyx black and VersaMark
Paper: A Muse orange, orange petite dot, sleepy hallow, and gold star cardstock
Misc.: Lifestyle Crafts postage stamp die, toothpick, A Muse onyx baker's twine, A Muse treat exppppurt, stitched circles, and rosette die sets, A Muse crystal clear glaze, foam mounting tape, A Muse onyx embossing powder, and MISTI

(And here's a shot of my little astronaut and his ground control engineer)

Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween No. 4

Happy Halloween everyone!  I wanted to make favors for Kieran's classroom party this year.  I had plenty of extra glow sticks from this project.  And then I had TONS of grey ghosts from making this project! So this is what I came up with! I think they turned out pretty cute.  And what kid doesn't like glow sticks?  I know mine was thrilled with it.

Stamps: A Muse happy haunting
Ink: VersaFine onyx black
Paper: A Muse orange, orange chevron, onyx, and slate cardstock and orange crush asterix notecard
Misc.: Making Memories slot punch tool, A Muse halloween baker's twine, foam mounting tape, Lifestyle Craft banner die, and A Muse ghost tag die

(here's our family of pumpkins this year!  Kieran wanted his to be Cluny the Scourge from Redwall!)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Halloween No. 3

At our house today we got our pumpkins carved!  We like to make four jack o lanterns.  One for me, one for my husband, one for my son, and one for the dog.  I'll post pictures later on of them all lit up on our porch.  This year, Kieran actually scraped his own pumpkin out!  Progress!  A little ways from carving it himself, but you know, baby steps.

This card just makes me smile.  I love the happy dancing skeletons and the spray ink turned out really well!  I didn't have a steel die or an electronic machine to cut out the skeletons, so I had to do them by hand.  I attached the banner pennants to the card front first and then glue the twine over them with a glue pen.  The inside says "Happy Halloween"

Stamps: A Muse kick up your heels
Ink: VersaMark
Paper: A Muse orange, onyx petite gingham, sugar, slate, and sleepy hollow cardstock
Misc.: foam mounting tape, A Muse onyx baker's twine, A Muse tall alphabet, mini banners, and tag bundle die sets, A Muse white embossing powder, A Muse onyx, orange, and marshmallow Splash! spray inks

(A little grossed out, but still doing it anyways!  The drill attachment came from Williams-Sonoma is for cleaning out the pumpkins is AMAZING)

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Halloween No. 2

This is a BIG one!  I love love love this frame from Lifestyle Crafts!  (and very much glad that though they were Quickutz, then Lifestyle Crafts, then We R Memory Keepers, they are now owned by American Crafts and at least in that way they still exist!)  The frame is pretty large though, so the usual A2 size card isn't big enough.  For this, I used an entire 8.5 x 11" piece of paper and just scored it in half.  I made the frame sparkly with black glitter and my Xyron.  I love this witch profile stamp, though sometimes it can be hard to get solid images to be dark enough on the page in certain ink colors.  But, I used my MISTI so that I could stamp the same one over and over till it was saturated enough!  The inside says "Happy Halloween"

Stamps: A Muse witchy woman
Ink: A Muse wasabi and VersaFine onyx black (inside)
Paper: A Muse orange petite gingham, orange petite dot, onyx vintage, vanilla, and onyx cardstock
Misc.: A Muse halloween baker's cording, foam mounting tape, A Muse witch woman die, Lifestyle Crafts frame diem A Muse onyx glitter, and Xyron Create-A-Sticker

Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween No. 1

Happy Friday everyone!  It's been a long week here.  I'm sure looking forward to some wine with dinner tonight after we put Kieran to bed!

Besides the projects I made for my Halloween themed class, I made a few others.  Here's the first.  I REALLY love how the sunset turned out.  I just used sponge daubers and a lot of blending motions!

Stamps: A Muse any other night
Ink: A Muse current, pumpkin, squash, saffron and VersaFine onyx black
Paper: A Muse saffron, seattle, slate, onyx, sleepy hollow, and vanilla cardstock
Misc.: A Muse pinking circles, bat trio, spooky fence, and spooky landscape die sets, foam mounting tape, sponge daubers, and A Muse halloween baker's cording