Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Card

I hope the few Thanksgiving cards I stuck in the mail get to family (and a friend) in time . . . I just got them in the mail this morning! I was able to use up the extra pieces from the Holiday Hoopla workshop, and sent this card:
All supplies: AMuse Studio. Give Thanks set, papaya & vanilla c/s, white embossing over Versamark, cocoa memento ink and french roast baker's twine

I love the look of the white embossing on papaya paper. The sentiment inside says "For our blessings we are thankful." This set (from the 2012 holiday catalog & inspiration guide) is one I will use all year long -- with the simplicity of the wheat and the beautiful sayings about gratitude.

I have a lot to do before we leave for the beach on Thursday -- for a much needed relaxing long weekend -- but hope to get some cards designed for the Christmas workshop we are planning at work. The event isn't until November 30th, but we need to put up the projects to start getting people excited (and get on the calendar before Finals start!)

I hope you are able to enjoy some time this week to reflect on the things you are thankful for. As the sentiment (that got cut off in the photo, sorry) above points out, "gratitude can transform common days into Thansgivings."

Happy stamping!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

In My Thoughts

My cousin and her husband recently moved to Texas (the DFW area) from San Jose, California and are having a tough time getting settled. I got a couple of SU! single stamps in my hostess order this month and was able to combine the lovely saying stamp with gorgeous A|S paper to get a card out this week to let her know I am thinking about her, and wishing them both all the best!

In addition, today is the 88th birthday of an online friend's dad. He's been having some health issues and is currently in a rehab therapy center, so friends from all over sent him birthday greetings to bring a smile to his sweet face. He lives on the East Coast so I wanted to send a little Texas charm his way:

I only wish you could see the finish on the tag -- I used A|S Finishing Spray and it really adds a special touch. The stamps are a combination of Deadbeat Designs and a retired A|S set
My husband and son are camping with the Scouts this weekend, so my goal is to finish and mail a few Thanksgiving cards today. I will admit, though, that goal is competing with a strong desire to go out and enjoy this beautiful weather! Hmmm, perhaps the cards can go out on Monday . . .

Happy stamping,

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Owl Grown Up!

This week my son turned 14. I make a good number of owl cards -- because I think they are so cute -- to the point that my son has picked up on the owl sayings, so I simply had to incorporate that into his birthday card!
The background is from the You Rock stamp set from A|Muse, the owl punch from SU! and saying from the Stamps of Life.

I recently started adding googlie eyes on occasion -- I love the added movement and the expression they give to the owls.

We let him choose a restaurant for his birthday dinner, but we ate so much that none of us was up for birthday cake after! He was happy with his presents, -- most had a music theme (from CDs to headphones and a mixing board) so you might want to be happy you don't live next door to us as he continues to explore (and experiment with) his love of music!

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Valentine's Catalog: Sneak Peak

Valentine News!

I am so excited to announce information about for the upcoming Valentine Release! (Already?! I know, right?!)  BUT the catalog is available December 1st and 
will feature a fabulous showcase of new A|Muse Studio Valentine’s Day products including:
New stamp sets
New Splash! Colors
New Washi tape assortment
Fun new embellishments
A fabulous new die set
New cardstock

In fact, 12 pages of new A|Muse Studio product and inspiration! You won't want to miss it!

Here is a quick "sneak peak" to hold you over until the catalog comes out -- or until I can get my hands on another sneak peak:

**I can not wait for those lovely sequins, what a simple and elegant way to dress up a card!**

Don't forget you can order from the Valentine's catalog starting December 1st (I will, of course, post a link to it ASAP) and you can do so by either e-mailing me or on my webstore:

Happy stamping!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

November Spotlight: Harvest Hues

The A|Muse Studio November Spotlight is now available:

For the month of November save 10% on the Featured Stamp Sets (Fresh Foliage, Script Background, Mod Backgrounds 1, Seasonal Branch & Nordic Noel) which pair so nicely with the featured color palette of French Roast, Toffee, Squash, Nutmeg & Wheat.

I have a template (and tips) for the cookie tray and the card tote (cleverly using clear and woodgrain cardstock for Fall -- but you can easily change out the pattern for any season or occasion!) Feel free to e-mail me for a copy of one or both.

I have to admit, I am so glad that A|S is not rushing into the holidays. This month's projects are so fun and allow me to sit back and enjoy the fall -- the calm before the storm, if you will.

I must admit, I love the detail in this project -- and in case you can't tell, the antlers are flocked!

Nordic Noel -- doing double duty. Next month this guy might just be Rudolph! Project & photo courtesy of A|S

I hope you, too, are able to find some time to relax and enjoy yourself a bit this month!

Happy stamping!