Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Few Simple Cards for August

I had some cards to send so I got to pull out some of my favorite stamps a few weeks ago!
This set from Lawn Fawn is perfect -- there are other sentiments and images, but simple and to the point was perfect for my brother's (LATE) birthday card.

I love when I get to pull out things I haven't used in awhile -- like my poor neglected scallop die, which added just the right "something special" with dots on mermaid to match the mermaid card base (and mermaid stamped zinnias)!

I wanted simple -- but the Glossy Accents flower centers added just enough "bling" for a customer thank you!

I think I'll get to stamp a bit this weekend -- and possibly with some friends! I'll share my creations next week. I also have some pages to share of our late July trip around North Texas -- as soon as I get my Cricut back to finish the titles. It's nice to have a machine that could be useful at work -- except when you need it at home at the same time! I let the Marketing Committee borrow it to create titles and images for the Library's bulletin board on campus -- I can't wait to see what they've come up with (but I hope they finish soon, I have pages to title!!) I was able to get quite a few pages assembled during a one-day retreat in Austin last month with the Heart of Texas Scrapbook (HOTS) Club. I met some lovely scrapbookers and with Austin only an hour away I think I'll join them more regularly.

I hope you are having a fabulous week.

Happy Stamping,

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Holiday Catalog By the Numbers

I hadn't sat down to count things up, but these are some pretty impressive numbers -- even more so if you add the digital files (there are 19 of those!) If you hadn't had a chance yet, be sure to take a peek at the holiday catalog!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Holiday Hoopla 2014

Today is a big day -- not only is the lovely new holiday catalog out, it is also the start of Holiday Hoopla! Not only are there additional hostess incentives for Holiday Hoopla, there is a cute HOSTESS EXCLUSIVE holiday set available.
Click HERE for PDF

Click HERE for PDF

But, one of the things I am most excited about is the digital cut files for the holiday catalog sets! I love dies, of course, but if I have a lot of something to cut for a project I'd much rather let my machine do it for me!

Holiday Hoopla ends October 31st. Start planning your cards and projects now because the holidays really ARE just around the corner!

I'll be back to post some cards I made -- but I couldn't wait to share all of this with you!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Every Day is a Holiday!

For a limited time (just the month of August, actually, and while supplies last) you can save 40% on select holiday-themed sets and dies, during the Every Day Is A Holiday promotion!

Notice I didn't say Christmas, I said holiday -- from Halloween to New Year's Day (and even Valentine's Day if you look closely) there are holiday sets on sale! (Click here to get the full-sized PDF)
I love that the matching dies are included in this sale, too! Don't forget the annual AMuse Studio holiday catalog is just a month away, as well! School is fixin' to start here in Texas (my son starts marching band camp in a week) so it's time to start thinking about Fall and get those holiday projects started!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Word Dies & Happy Days

I may have mentioned that I LOVE the word dies from a Muse Studio. The new catalog gave me another reason to like them (as if I needed one) -- the happy days set!!

The words and phrases are made to go with the happy die! Here is a simple card I made to send to my son while he's away this month:
Cut in, and stamped with, Habenero -- one of six new Fiesta colors
Here's a birthday card, also using some of the new patterned paper:

And the sizing of the stamped word make this set perfect for pocket card projects, as well:
I love that I was able to crop out the busyness of this picture and focus on my son and his Troopmate at their first Merit Badge University (Boy Scouts). The card is only 3X4, perfect to slip into one of the A Muse album pocket pages!

In addition I wanted to make a thank you card for an order placed through my webstore, so I used the thanks die -- cut in the NEW habenero cardstock, which is quickly becoming a new favorite -- on some of the patterned paper from the new catalog. I love the way the splash of color pops on the chalky background!

I'll be out of town tomorrow -- celebrating my 16th wedding anniversary -- and in Dallas for conference beginning Saturday, but I have a big announcement lined up for while I'm gone, so check back!

Until then, happy stamping!

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!