Saturday, August 25, 2012

Cards of the Week

I got a FUN order from the A|Muse Studio holiday catalog in on Monday -- but since orientation began at work on Tuesday I haven't had much time to play with all of the things from the Holiday catalog. I had a couple of thank you cards to send out this week, though so I recycled an unfinished project and dug out some of the chevron paper for another:

Bermuda chevron on a bermuda base, with the thank you from hand scripted on sugar cardstock, french roast ribbon and butterfly trio and vintage label 1 dies

Recycled: vintage labels 2 & hand scripted on vanilla c/s with some random washi tape.
The saying on the inside, for both of these, is the same as the outer saying on this card, made with the scraps from the others . . . Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgivings. This is also the first card I tried stardust finishing spray on . . . I got it since I had heard such good things about it and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Now I am only sorry I didn't discover it sooner!

And, finally, I ordered a few of the sets meant to be Hostess Booking incentives, or rewards or  . . . but at least 2 were destined for my collection from the time I set eyes on them, especially this one:

Unfortunately, I've had to send this one already -- a dear friend had a stent put in over the weekend. And since he is one of the MOST fun septuagenarians I know this was just the right thing to say!
I've since spent some time scrapbooking, since my son just ranked up to Life Scout I have to get caught up with his Boy Scout album in time to add all the things he'll do to earn Eagle (projected: next summer, so he has it going into high school), and worked on the pages I am doing for an A|Muse Studio calendar swap -- I'll post that when I send it off to the swap coordinator!
Happy Stamping,

Saturday, August 11, 2012

August Spotlight: Summer Fun

August Spotlight
This month's Spotlight is so bright and summery, it reminds me of lazy summer days and trips far away.

The featured stamp sets are:
wish you were here
let's be adventurers
enjoy the ride
extraordinary background

And the fun featured color palette includes:

Check out this month's project from the A|Muse Studio: Create your own mini book! The possibilities really are endless with a|s coasterboard, cardstock, embellishments, and – of course – stamps!
A nice way to customize your mini-album, and set the feel -- and I love the handwritten label, a theme carried throughout this adorable mini travel album!
Dress up a favorite photo with a strip of ribbon. That's all.

Simple but elegant -- washi tape and ribbon

I love the idea of creating a clear overlay to match my project -- and MUCH less expensively, too! Our clear cardstock with cotton white Staz-on -- or even white embossing powder for that extra "pop" -- make this so easy!
Holiday Hoopla is still going on, but I wanted to stop looking ahead to the hectic holidays and hold on to the feel of those lazy days of summer just a bit longer . . .

Happy stamping,

Sunday, August 5, 2012

August Birthday Cards

This Tuesday 2 of the nicest people I work with are having birthdays! The first is for my friend (and downline) Betsy and was done with a PERFECT* hostess gift set (not available for sale, but as a reward for hostesses) Past Due.

Set: Past Due; Paper: French Roast Petite Polka Dot & Bermuda (the library card is a scrap of SU! crumb cake); Ribbon: French Roast; Other: glitter embossing, clear twinkle stickers, memento cocoa ink

Set: Birthday Greetings; Paper: Eucalyptus and vanilla; Ink: memento cocoa
The other card had to be more masculine, and I was able to use some washi tape that I got online to check out this trend, and one of my favorite birthday sayings.

I have one more card to make this week -- for my "little" brother's 26th on Friday! I'll have to get it sent out soon, so forgive me if I don' get a chance to photograph it before chasing down the mailman!

Happy Stamping!

*Past Due is perfect, of course, because by day I am a librarian!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

It's Finally Here -- Holiday Hoopla!

Today is the start of A|Muse Studio's Holiday Hoopla, and in addition to an exciting holiday catalog there has never been a better time to be a hostess! Hostesses who host a qualifying workshop between August 1 and September 30, 2012 receive an exclusive A Muse Studio stamp set, "Dwell in Possibilities" ($39.95 retail value), and hostesses who host a workshop over $250 qualify for increased hostess rewards!

Holiday Hoopla is on thru the end of September, and here are some of the neat projects showcased by A|Muse:

There are some really great sets -- for Fall, Halloween & Christmas -- and some dies that are "must-haves!" In addition, look at that chevron paper -- we have a nice selection of colors of that fun paper, PLUS the petite polka dots in Navy and Seattle! I'll share some samples as soon as I get my hands on my rather large order, and will share projects showcasing the HOSTESS EXCLUSIVE set "Dwell in Possibility," as soon as this weekend.  Click on the title to take a peak at this fun & cheeky set. I am SO going to do a scrapbook page of my son with the title"Whenever I get sad I stop being sad and start being awesome true story." That sums him up pretty well, I'd say.

Happy stamping!