Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Prom (Scrapbook Pages)

Not only did my son get to attend Prom as a freshman -- he escorted 3 lovely ladies! I played on the Oscars theme and cut a film strip on my Cameo and used some paper from a Fiesta paperpack that had some nice elements I could incorporate, and other elements that were placed so that they were easy to cover up! I was sure to leave room to journal, and I will have him tell me what the page should say, since I really want to capture his memories of the evening. I'm sure he will mention the fact that the King's crown was misplaced just before the event, so he had to be crowned with a HUGE sombrero! But I think, more than anything his story will focus on the fabulous friends he got to spend time with before they graduated.

My biggest concern now is where to put these pages! I didn't get many photos or details from his freshman year, so his "High School Album" is so far all about band!! I'm sure next year will have more events as he plans to participate in some photography competitions and take photos for the yearbook, but it's going to have an awful lot of band again, too!

The Prom 2014 title was also cut on the Cameo

The "All Dressed Up" piece was cut on the Cricut

I'm happy with the pages, and plan to get in my studio this week to get some other events scrapped. That's the joy of a "staycation." I needed a few days to get organized before heading off to my annual pharmacy educators conference, but mostly I think I needed a few days not at work!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Birthday Album

A friend recently had a milestone birthday and her husband went all out to throw her a bash to remember. She doesn't scrapbook (which is a shame because they travel all over the world -- but I digress) so I decided to help her create an album to save all those memories in a convenient place. I gathered all the pictures I had, and those that were shared by one of her colleagues via Dropbox, but also left her pages to fill with other pictures she had of the evening. I won't share all the details of the fun event, but I will mention that Alanis Morrisette played an intimate set in the backyard. Oh, and there was a Taco Truck sporting a spoiler in her driveway, too!
Pink & Glitter -- for the beautiful Birthday Diva

A Muse sequins in a pocket -- a special bit of bling!

I made a pocket for the touching speech her husband
gave, so she can have it in the album without everyone else being
able to read it
I was sure to leave places to journal -- there is quite a story to tell here!

There were a lot of pictures taken that night -- on cameras, smartphones and by a
professional photographer, so I left a lot of space for those to be added.

One of the most enjoyable parts of this project, other than the friend it's for, was
 tying in all the bright colors from the party!
I made a section for cards and larger photos

This was truly a labor of love, and so much fun. I hope it is a gift she will treasure -- and I hope she'll allow me to do the next one (in 10 years), as well!

Note: this one done in a pink 6X8 Tell Your Story album and many but not all of the stamps and embellishments are from A Muse. Being able to mix and match the pocket pages allowed me the versatility to make this project really shine! If you have any questions about this project, the album or anything else, let me know!

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

New Catalog!

So, I'm definitely behind on giving you the news, but the new catalog was released July 1st!

One of my favorite new sets is Big Words. I've only had the opportunity to make a few cards with it thus far, but that is more a function of an incredibly busy summer than my affection for it!

New patterned paper and Big Words, with a diecut tag and a bit of bakers twine made the perfect "thinking of you" card for a friend of my son while at camp. I love the modern look and the simplicity!

In addition to Big Words, the patterned paper is from the new catalog -- I love it paired with Bubblegum paper and pink sequins for a shabby chic look! The arrows are from the I Was Here set.
I also LOVE the many opportunities of the Sprinkled With Love set -- and I found the perfect background paper at Tuesday morning to complement the donuts in this set:
There are several topping choices for the donuts -- from sprinkles to stripes and some really cute sayings, too!

The crystal clear glaze doesn't really show up in this photo but it REALLY adds to the donut in real life

I don't have it yet, but there is also a die that fits all the donut shapes!! I can see a Baker's Dozen of cards with this set in my future!

And finally, I had the unfortunate reason to send a sympathy card last month and I brought out a couple of sets that aren't new and my Tombow markers and made this card with the daffodil in the He is Risen set. I like the muted simplicity for such a somber occasion.

I'll try to get back in the craft room before I go on vacation and to a work conference later this month -- I still have some new sets to try out, and I'd love to show them to you! And the Holiday catalog is just around the corner (September 1st!) so get ready for some peeks of that next month.

Until then -- Happy Stamping!

Monday, May 5, 2014

A Muse Studio is Having a Birthday

This is a big month at A Muse Studio -- as we celebrate 3 years AND the retiring stamps & accessories to make room for the new catalog, coming this summer!

First up, look at the great gifts YOU get for our birthday, two free stamp sets -- one with a $50 order and the other for hostesses! And each set has matching die(s) that you can purchase (as part of your $50 order, perhaps?)

It's time to say goodbye to some of the products in our current catalog. We know... it's hard to say goodbye. To make it easier, and add to the fun, this year we are having a Progressive Sale for the items on our Retiring Products List.
Here's the scoop:
The progressive sale begins May 1st and we will offer increasing discounts approximately every fifteen days. Here's the schedule of savings:
May 1 to May 15 ..................... save 25%
May 16 to May 31..................... save 35%
June 1 to June 15.................... save 45%
June 16 to June 30................... save 55%
Here is the PDF with the sets that we'll be saying farewell to, along with the progressive discount. Not that the items with marked * are low in quantity -- and once they are gone you missed your chance, so don't wait too long!
Please note: The following items are also retiring from our 2013-2014 Catalog but are not on the Retiring Products list because they are presently sold out:
TPCRST1 - piercer/stylus
TADRE01 - adhesive remover
TAD0038 - as die set - vintage labels 2
TAD0032 - as die - fry box
TAD0036 - as die set - rosettes
RABT204 - baker's twine - cherry
ESWH001 - holiday assorted washi (3 rolls)
SNSM042 - quick & cute valentines
SJEF002 - just my type
SISS013 - rock star
SISJ023 - let's be adventurers
You will notice that we are retiring most of our A Muse Studio felt colors. You will see three of these colors (Vanilla, Cherry and Fern) appear in future seasonal catalogs - like the 2014 Holiday Catalog. All other colors are retiring for good.
You will also notice that a large number of A Muse Studio dies are retiring, including our line of exclusive dies by Spellbinders. Unfortunately, we’re no longer able to offer these dies at a price that’s competitive. But don’t despair! We know that many of you love die cutting and there are tons of creative new die designs coming in the new catalog!
Retiring stamp sets can still be selected for Hostess Rewards at the appropriate discounted price. 
With all that good news, I have some bad news to share, as well. The release of the 2014 Catalog and Inspiration Guide will be delayed to July 1st 2014. We have been advised that a stamp manufacturing issue beyond our control has placed us in this predicament. BUT I have gotten a preview of some of the new sets, and color additions and I think the new catalog will be worth the wait!
As always, if you have any questions or need more information on any of this -- don't hesitate to contact me.

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

The consultant challenge at A Muse this month is birthday cards -- but I had a whole lotta thank you cards to get out, and the perfect word die, so that's what I've done! Hopefully I'll get some time to make some fabulous cards for the challenge later in the month, as well!
I like that it looks like the washi tape is holding the card together. These first two cards are for guys so I made them simple and masculine.

Another bit of washi tape to add interest

The lichen paper and matching ribbon allow the tag to stand out nicely, I think. (All supplies: A Muse Studio)

A bit of sequins bling -- all supplies A Muse Studio. When I make this card again I'll add either a bow or some of the small flower dies, but this needs to be flat to mail.

This was a great way to use up some scraps and make a colorful thank you card! All A Muse products, again!

Now to get these in the mail . . .

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April is A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA, so let's celebrate!

A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA is a month-long paper-crafting celebration - a time to celebrate this wonderful hobby we all love so much! We've got amazing PRIZES and a fun SALE! Here's the scoop:
Step right up!
During the month of April, you will earn tickets by placing an order, hosting a workshop, or joining my team. Tickets will be awarded as follows:
1 ticket for every $10
5 tickets for hosting a qualified workshop ($150 minimum order)
10 tickets for joining A Muse Studio
Each week A Muse HQ will draw a winning ticket. The winner will receive a $100 Shopping Spree from A Muse Studio. There will be a total of five $100 Shopping Sprees awarded. Drawings will be held April 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, & May 6th. On May 6th, we'll also be drawing for our Grand Prize Winner who will win a YEAR of FREE A Muse Studio stamps.
There's more details about the giveaways below so be sure to read them.
It's a Party!
Throwing a fabulous party is easy with A Muse Studio's collection of DIY party dies... and you can save 25% during the month of April on the following dies:
Item #
Sale Price

berry box die set

cupcake wrappers

cupcake toppers

fry box

popcorn box

pyramid box

candy box

Sale begins April 1st and ends April 30, 2014. Sale pricing is limited to stock on hand. We will not backorder items when stock is depleted.
How will YOU celebrate A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA?

Prize Giveaway Details ("the fine print")During the month of April 2014, one ticket will be awarded for every $10 spent prior to taxes and shipping, five tickets will be awarded for hosting a qualified workshop ($150 minimum in sales), and ten tickets will be awarded to new Creative Consultants when they join A Muse Studio.

Shopping Spree Winners will receive a $100 coupon to be used to purchase A Muse Studio products with a Creative Consultant or online at www.amusestudio.com. Winners must email yoohoo@amusestudio.com to claim their prize within thirty (30) days of the announcement of the winning number. Once the winner has been verified, a coupon will be issued. Coupons must be used within 30 days upon receipt of the coupon. Coupon may not be redeemed for cash. Taxes and shipping fees are the responsibility of the winner.

Grand Prize Winner will receive three free stamps sets monthly (winner's choice) from our current catalog(s) for a total of 36 free stamp sets. Stamps will begin shipping in May 2014 and will end in April 2015. Winner must email yoohoo@amusestudio.com to claim their prize within 30 days of the announcement of the winning number. Once the winner has been verified, further instructions will be sent on how to claim the free stamp sets. Prize has no cash equivalence. Stamp sets will be shipped for free.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Fun New Accessories!!

While February came and went, March is here and brings with it the fabulous new Spring Accessory Catalog and Inspiration Guide.

Included are some great thin word dies, some new bunny dies (and flocking to make them soft and fuzzy, and "bunny bums" to finish them off!), and even some little flower dies, as well as an interesting new way to use crepe paper (in a good way!), and a 6X6 patterned paper collection that includes vibrant and fun patterns: florals, hip geometrics, ombre, and more. Each design is lovely on it's own, but all coordinate beautifully with AMuse Studio's Signature colors. 

I love the new word dies. LOVE them! I used them to make some cards this weekend (all supplies, including that CUTE washi tape, A Muse Studio):

I have some events coming up that will have me back in the craft room by week's end so maybe I'll get to use some of the other new items, as well, but I have a feeling the word dies will be included as well . . .

Happy Stamping!