Monday, May 30, 2011

Found a little mojo…

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Haven’t been too crafty in about a week…sometimes life just gets in the way of the creativity.

In the meantime, I had a chance to place another order with A Muse Studios.  Not only did I get the Summer Collection of reinkers, but I got these Star Dies. 

So, yesterday, the littlest stamper in the house & I broke out the dollar store shaving cream & the re-inkers and created these fabulous stars!  You can see great tutorials about the Shaving Cream Technique – on Splitcoast Stampers.

Happy to say, that I have found my mojo again!  It was just hiding in my scrap space – under all the mess :)

Stay tuned – June 2nd we will be having another A Muse Studio Consultant blog hop!  This month, we were challenged to create our own background paper with A Muse supplies…be sure to come back & check out how creative the Consultants can be!

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Muse Challenge ASCC1-May2011



Oh, Julie, you did challenge us!  The fabulous JulieHRR challenged the A Muse Studio Consultants to create a recessed window card.  Somehow, I added to my own challenge the thought of making it now, for Father’s Day.  The idea of going masculine…all because I wanted to use the yummy brown ribbon that came with my A Muse Studio Starter set…

So, back to the contest.  I am a wee bit competitive.  I could never pass up the chance to win a FREE set of A Muse Studio stamps.  (wish me lots of luck in the random drawing).   You know, you could always join A Muse Studios and get to play in FUN challenges like this!  (Plus, there is always the trip to Paris…).  I would be honored to be your upline.

Tempted?  Email me at

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Tuesday Trigger Time! Skirting the Issue

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It’s another Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger!!
I had a fun time breaking out my ribbon, and choosing just the right ones.  There is a pink that I used as well, but I ended up covering it in flowers. The stripes just screamed to me to break out the ribbons!  I also decided that this girlie-girl skirt screamed for a feminine card, so of course, the flowers had to come out to play!!
The flowers started white, but I colored them with Copic Markers.  My tip for coloring the flowers is to color the backside and let the ink bleed through, it makes the color a little softer, almost muted.  Also, color some with one coat of ink, and go back over others to make them more saturated, and you will see a greater variety of shades.  I did that on both the pick & blue flowers….if you were here, you could really see what I mean :) 
Most supplies are from A Muse Studios, I know the sheer green ribbon was from A Muse, but the rest of the ribbons are from the Ball Jars of assorted ribbons that sit on my shelf.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Crafty in the Morning…


Orange Coffee

I work 10 hour days, Monday through Thursdays, so that I can have Friday off.  I have been trying to focus on being crafty while the little guy is in morning Kindergarten.  This morning, it has been a fight to not veg out in front of the tv.  What came to my rescue?

You guessed it…COFFEE!!

So, to celebrate those awesome beans…it is my “How ya’ bean?” card. 

The papers are all from A Muse Studios.  The Orange & White striped ribbon is from my great big drawer of ribbon, and all stamps are also from A Muse.  I first inked the Grunged Sunray in Lemon Whip ink, and then dabbed Papaya ink (with a Q-Tip…) all over it, to give it a tie-dye effect.  I colored the cup with Copics. 

Hope you enjoy!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Return of the Beautiful Botanicals


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Used the Beautiful Botanical set again this weekend, with very different results!  I made this for a Splitcoast Stampers sketch challenge (SC330) and I am LOVIN’ the results.

I stamped the flowers in Memento Tuxedo Black & A Muse Studio Slate.  I first stamped the Harlequin in Slate, and the card came across as very dark…So….I flipped the paper over & tried it again in my Encore Metallic Silver!  Perfect!!!  It really comes across as one shade lighter that the slate. 

That was my last piece of this ribbon from my organdy stash from A Muse.  I will definitely have to order more, it has been a favorite of mine for quite some time.  All papers were from A Muse Studios – and I have no stinking clue where I got the brads. 

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

It’s a blog hop…and blog candy


Welcome to an A Muse Studio Consultant Blog Hop!!  We have gotten together and created cards that focused on “Congratulations!”

If you are participating in the blog hop, you should have come from Veronica Zalis's blog and if not, then you should start from the beginning with Samantha's blog until you come to my blog. 

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This card is 4.25” square.  All supplies (including the Nesties!)  are available through my A Muse Studio web store.  If you click on the pic – you might even notice that the crib knobs are the clear twinkle stickers.  Little girls need to start life with a little, bling…don’t they?

Living with only boys, it sure is fun to break out the pink inks & ribbon.  And is there ever a reason better than a new baby?

I am giving away Blog Candy!!  You can win by leaving me a comment here, or by Liking me on Facebook (Dana’s A*Mazed & A*Mused) by Sunday, May 7th, and you will be automatically entered to win!  (Hint – if you do both, you will make me twice as happy & you will be entered twice.  I am like that you know!!)

Now on to your next stop Meg Farris 's blog, and enjoy!!

Moxie Fab Challenge: Polka Dot Hullabaloo


Polka Dot Hullabaloo

  As most of you know, I have been having a TON of fun with my A Muse Studio starter set!!  I have been taking part in more and more online challenges – which always encourage me to stretch beyond my norm.

This challenge is from Moxie Fab World’s Tuesday Trigger!  What fun!! 

What could be more inspired by the dots?  How about Dots upon Dots??


I wanted to stay inspired by both the masculine colors and the imperfection of the circle shapes.  I used my circle punch, but offset my circles to get that perfectly imperfect feel to them.  All of you that know me, should understand how hard it was for me to leave them asymmetrical like that….

Moxie Fab Challenge Polka Dots (2)   Moxie Fab Challenge Polka Dots (1)

The rocket & sentiment are one single stamp.  I inked them separately to hide the sentiment until you open the card.

Of course, all papers & stamps are A Muse Studios

Used the following Copics:  R29, G24, B93 & Y17.