Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Lot of Sticky Notes

A couple of weeks ago the Dean was in my office and noticed a project I had on hand for a "last minute gift." You know, when you forgot it was someone's birthday, or need to thank someone on the spot . . . So she asked me to design 50 of them for her family reunion (THIS weekend). Fortunately I had the help of a friend at work and we delivered all 50 this afternoon.
All supplies: Hobby Lobby or the depths of my craft room stash (title printed on my LaserJet)

So that has taken up the bulk of my crafting time the last 2 weeks, and things like volunteering at Vacation Bible School have taken up the rest of my non-working/non-sleeping hours. I did, however, manage to squeeze in a class with the ever talented, and ever funny, Mark from Deadbeat Designs last Sunday. We made a sample book of "Bodacious Backgrounds" that I can't wait to put into use. I have many of his stamps already, but had to add the fun crackle stamp.

June has gotten away from me, but I am so excited for July for oh, so many reasons -- starting with the A|Muse Studio July Spotlight and the July 2nd A|Muse Studio Consultant Blog Hop. I may not post much in July as I am:

  • Taking my son to University of Kansas for a 3 week class for bright 8th graders (Duke TIP program)
  • Attending a work convention (Kissimmee, Florida. In. July!)
  • Celebrating 14 years of marriage by taking a long driving trip through Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, to retrieve my son at the end of his class

But I'll try to fit in some crafting time as well -- 3 weeks without having to ferry a certain someone around should open up a bit of time, I would guess. I'll have some of the Holiday Hoopla sets by then, and have myself a little Christmas in July! If you haven't heard about Holiday Hoopla, JUST YOU WAIT! The holiday edition of A|Muse Studio will be released on August 1st, and in addition to new sets there are special things for hostesses -- in fact go ahead and schedule a workshop for August or September, you will want to get in on all the, well. HOOPLA!

Happy stamping,

Friday, June 15, 2012

Summer Wedding

The daughter of a friend is getting married next month. We won't travel to the event, but I wanted to let the happy couple know that we are thinking of them so I made this bright and happy card to send.

Marvelous marigolds & that's the ticket sets, papaya & orange paper and ink,  butterfly trio die and a  vanilla pearl sticker  -- simple and summery! I ran the butterfly through my Cuttlebug for some texture.
Best wishes, Nadia & Clifton!

Happy Stamping,

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Card for Grandma

This is a card for my sweet grandmother -- and a chance for me to try out my new Copic markers! I got a book to learn what to do with them -- and this is my second attempt (the first looked amazingly similar, guess I'd better keep reading!). I bought 2 to blend with the blue that came in my kit, but I think I'm ready to branch out into another color family. I can't wait for Grandma to get the card and photo we sent -- so she knows we are thinking about her!
Marvelous marigolds & say it with style sets, watermelon & sugar cardstock, navy ribbon, and of course my 3 Copic markers  (BG05, BG10,  BG13) -- the twinkle in the center is a pink heart, too!
Happy stamping!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Thinking of You

I needed a quick card this weekend to put in some mail to my mom. I wanted a CAS card, to highlight the simplicity of A|Muse Studio, and came up with this (which is now on its way to Oregon):

A Muse supplies: essential sentiments set, onyx gingham and sugar paper, cherry ribbon, vintage labels 1 and butterfly trio die sets, twinkle stickers (clear dot), tuxedo memento ink pad

Here are a couple of cards I made to try to recreate things I had done at some recent SU! classes, with my A|Muse Studio supplies:
A|Muse supplies: hand scripted (thank you) and  lots of dots sets, vanilla & gingham ( bubblegum, sky and  grass)  cardstock, butterfly trio die, tuxedo memento, bubblegum, sky and  grass ink
A|Muse supplies: that's the ticket and script background stamps, vanilla &  bubblegum petite polka dot cardstock, butterfly trio and scallop border die sets, twinkle stickers (clear dot), tuxedo memento & bubblegum ink. Also: American Crafts pink cardstock, corner rounder

Tomorrow I'll share the card I made for my grandmother, to send with a new photo of my son. She is 90 years young and too far to visit on a regular basis (although the first question she asks on EVERY phone call is when we are coming to California . . .) so the best way for her to "see" my son grow up are the pictures we send of him in various events and hobbies. This time we were smart enough to put the photo (of him with his trombone) in a refrigerator magnet frame -- so she can see him every day!

Happy stamping,

Friday, June 8, 2012

Sesame Street Card

A friend at work is new in town and needed a hobby. I was more than glad to share mine ;-) Here is a card she made for her nephew:
Shared with permission
She used my scallop punch from CTMH -- and went to town with an idea she got from Pinterest. So cute -- I just had to share!

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Summer Starter Kit SALE

For the month of June A Muse Studio is offering a FANTASTIC price on the kit to join us.This really is a great deal -- and an amazing business start-up price!!

Kick Start your summer TODAY!  Our Starter Kit Special includes everything you need to start your own business! Click on the link above for more information.
*  four exclusive 2012 studio sampler stamp sets
*  set of four clear blocks
*  ten a|s pigment ink pads 
*  memento tuxedo black ink pad
*  one copic marker 
*  double scrubber
*  squeaky clean stamp cleaner
*  adhesive runner
*  glue pen
*  diamond glitter
*  cardstock assortment - enough to create 16 each of five ready-to-roll cards 
*  cardstock swatch ring
*  clear twinkle stickers
*  vanilla pearl stickers
*  meadow mix paper flowers
*  three spools grosgrain stitch ribbon *  4 - 2012 catalogs plus essential business supplies

Let me know if you need any more information, or have any questions.

This special is in addition to the June Spotlight specials AND the sale on ribbon. We really are gearing up for summer fun!

Happy stamping,

Friday, June 1, 2012

Masculine Themed Blog Hop

If you are participating in the A Muse Studio blog hop, you should have come from Tami Grandi's blog and if not, then please start from the beginning, at Samantha's blog, until you get back to my blog. You DON'T want to miss all the great masculine cards this month! Men can be so hard to stamp for -- let us help you with some creative ideas!
With Father's Day just around the corner a masculine card is perfect to showcase for this month's blog hop! I wanted to go simple, and am not yet ready to share the Father's Day card I created, so here is an elegant -- yet masculine -- thank you card:
All products: A Muse Studio. Sets: script background & hand scripted; Cardstock: slate,vanilla & navy; Ink: Slate; Ribbon: navy; Die set: vintage labels1

 Now on to your next stop Angela Kelly's blog.

Happy Stamping,

June Spotlight & Ribbon Sale

It's June -- where is this year going so quickly?? But that means a new A Muse Studio Spotlight, new sets on sale AND this month it means satin ribbon is 20% off, as well!

The theme for the month is Summer, of course -- backyard BBQs, summer camp and stars & stripes forever! As always contact me if you see something you MUST HAVE, or if you'd like to have some friends over and make a summer party of your own!
It also means that tomorrow is the monthly A Muse Consultant Blog Hop, so be sure to come back and follow the trail to some fun projects!

Happy Stamping,