Sunday, June 26, 2011

Final Inchies card–new color :)


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Ten Minute card!!

It is not that often that I am able to come up with a ten minute card.  Well, that is not really right – I come up with a lot of cards that only take 10 minutes to make.  However, it does not usually take 10 minutes for me to create them.  I obsess…over what colors, what paper, even which of our yummy ribbons to use.  Too many fabulous choices! 

Hubby suggested that I add the glitter to the ends of the butterfly wings.  Excellent suggestion – I guess he will  get to venture into the Stamping Room more often!

You know, I said that this is my final Inchies card…not really.  It is just the final one I put together for the A Muse Studio Consultant Challenge – but I am really having fun making these. 

There. will. be. more!

More Inchies!!



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I have really been inspired by the Inchies Challenge that JulieHRR has challenged the A Muse Studio Consultants.  What a great reason to break out the Make A Scene set!!  (It comes with these 3 stamps – plus rain!)

This is a top fold card.  I really like to cut and fold the card in an unexpected way.  The card is the size of a 4 Bar notecard.

Did you notice that I used the same colors that I used on my firsts Inchies card?   Ha! I did not, until I went to stand my card up on my counter.  Too easy to fall in love with the A Muse Studio colors….so, I had to make another card in a different color for you…(yes, there will be a second post in one day – look out!)

Friday, June 17, 2011

A Muse Spotlight - June

I have something really exciting to share!!
Each month, select stamp sets will share the A Muse Studio Spotlight with a gorgeous color palette to create projects that showcase the versatility of paper crafting. And during their time in the Spotlight, you can save on the stamp sets used to create these fabulous projects!  (Save 10%!)

The Spotlight products will be on sale through July 15th, 2011.

You can see more about this great special at my web store. 
(You can click on the A Muse Studio ad above, to be taken to my web store!)

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I made a quick card last night with some of the Spotlight products.  I used the Sea Shells set, with Latte & Bermuda cardstock.  Love the simplicity of the card!
Raised the shells with 3D Foam dots. When you are going “mostly” monochromatic – texture &/or dimension really add interest!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Highlighting With Inchies

It’s another fabulous How-To video from our friends at A Muse Studios!!

With the video came another A Muse Studios Inchie Card 002A Muse Studio Creative Consultant challenge -


We were challenged to use Inchies on our card.  Inchies are 1” square (or circles) that highlight a stamp – or even your favorite portion of a stamp. 

I have been dying to use my two doggies.  Quick, does anyone know if they are supposed to be Scotties or Westies?  I am voting Westies, as one of my most favorite dogs is a Westie.  (His name is Blitzen and he is the best-est ever!).  All of these stamps come from the A Muse Sudio set, Ooh La La!  And, Blitzen said I had to have it.  He can be bossy like that.

I don’t know if the stamping police would consider the top to my Eiffel Tower an Inchie…but since my #1 stamping rule is there IS NO stamping police, then I can just do what I want! 

Quick tip for you…when stamping over multiple layers like I did with the Eiffel Tower, it is good to have a thin lined black marker on hand.  I use an Onyx Uni-ball pen, cuz that is what I had…There were spots on my impression that were not complete, do to the paper not being smooth under the stamp, I just colored it in.  Then I added glitter.  Because I like glitter.

Again, please email me if you are ever interested in becoming an A Muse Studio Consultant, or if you are interested in hosting a stamp night with friends!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Background Kissing (with Stamps!)

The fabulous Julie Ebersole has created a “how-to” video to show off how to do stamp kissing :)

So, there was a challenge for the A Muse Consultants to do a little kissing!  It took me a few days to think about this challenge – as I do not remember to do this technique a lot! 

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So, let me tell you about this card…I came up with the idea while I was at work, and after a long day – I was able to put that idea to good use!  The petals of the flowers are from the A Muse Studio set, Ovalicious (stamped in Heather) – and the center circle is from Lots of Dots (stamped in Blackberry).  I raised it with a pop dot.  I kissed the center circle with a stamp from the Ornate Elements set.

The adorable flower ribbon is Tiny Flower Ribbon also from A Muse!  My upline shared this with me, and I was quick to put it on a card.  To share my “oops” moment with you, I used my glue pen to adhere it, and the glue did stain the ribbon.  In the future, I would use glue dots or another type of adhesive next time…Live & Learn….

Oh, then I used the smallest pearl stickers as the center of the ribbon flowers.  You know, just as that something special Winking smile


Want to know how you can join us in A Muse Creative Consultant challenges, such as this one (ASCC2-May2011)?  Let’s talk about the many benefits of being an A Muse Creative Consultant!  I would be honored to be your upline!!  Email me at for more info.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Moxie Fab Challenge Tuesday Trigger: Classically Modern

Moxie Fab Classically Modern

I have been thinking about this Tuesday Trigger from Moxie Fab, well since Tuesday…

I love the blue floral wall, and the crisp white bedding.  Makes my eyes happy!!

Let me tell  you, I even cut a few papers, and started inking them up…but this candle has been calling me to do a little altering.   It is a battery operated candle that I got at my $ store (but, it was $3!) and runs on 3 AAA’s.

I stamped the flowers from A Muse Studios Clever Girls set, on Tissue Paper.  I cut them out, and held them to the candle with wax paper.  A quick blast from my heat gun melted the wax from the wax paper & ta-da!

The ribbon & flowers are also from A Muse Studios.  Flowers were colored by pressing them into the ink pads.

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Technique Tutorial #1 - Shaving Cream (Otherwise known as ‘So Easy–Even My 6 Year Old Can Do It!!’)

Thank you all for the kind words about my last 2 posts that featured the Saving Cream Technique!  Thanks to the great idea from my reader, Kristen, I created the following picture tutorial.
Well, I guess I can say that I directed it.  This tutorial stars my youngest son, Logan.  He is six.  He is going to start First Grade in the fall (he likes for everyone to know that) and he is my favorite crafting buddy.  (Ignore the closet mess that you can see behind him in some pics – I am re-organizing.)

Shaving Cream Technique:
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  You will need the following supplies:
  1. 1.   A plastic container or even a paper plate to work on.
  2. 2.  Shaving Cream (I get the cheap stuff from the $ store)
  3. 3.  Reinkers – A Muse Studios (Logan chose Watermelon, Orange Crush & Cherry)
  4. 4.  Paper towels
  5. 5. Chopstick or something to stir with

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Fill your container with about an inch or two of shaving cream.

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  Add drops of ink.  We usually use about 7 drops each of 3 colors.  I love doing this with A Muse Studio inks, available through my webstore.  I ordered the Summer Collection of reinkeres, so that I know that all of the colors would coordinate.

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Swirl the ink & shaving cream around, with a chop stick or anything else that you do not mind getting inky.  Don’t stir too hard or you will muddle your colors, but soft swirls will give you the coolest effects.

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Logan has stirred the left side of the mixture.

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Gently set your paper on top of the mixture.  Softly tap your paper to be sure that it has completely touched the ink. 

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  We use our chopstick to lift up one side of the paper pull them back.  You can tell at this point that Logan takes his crafting very seriously.   We them put this, shaving cream side up onto a piece of scratch paper.  Honestly, I use the ugly scrapbook paper that comes in the many paper packs that I have bought over the years.

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Put paper towels over the shaving cream and tap to remove shaving cream.  If you rub, it will smear.  Maybe you will like that look, but we generally don’t…but we aren’t judge-y.  We generally use about 2 papertowels, and fold them into quarters.  When it is covered , we keep switching sides…you will get messy.  Messy is fun, just look at his face Smile

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  TA – DA!!!
When all the shaving cream is patted off, you will have your masterpiece!  I cover it with another piece of scratch paper & something to weigh it down and let it dry for at least a per hours.  Then use it how you would any other Designer Paper!!
Please let me know in comments if you have any question about this technique, or if you enjoyed Logan’s first tutorial!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Butterflies in Blues & Greens A Muse Studio Consultants–June Blog Hop


It is our June Blog Hop!

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If you are participating in the blog hop, (and you really should be!!) you should have come from Samantha Kania's blog and if not, then you should start from the beginning with Samantha's blog until you come to my blog.

We were challenged to create our own DSP (Designer Paper).  I reverted back to one of my favorite techniques, the Shaving Cream & reinkers to make a tie-dye effect.  How easy is this?  Well, most of the butterflies came from paper that my 6 year old son dyed.  It is one of his favorite things to do in the craft room – so it really is also one of mine.  Heck, how often cen we entertain the kiddos with a few squirts of Dollar Store shaving cream & a few drops from the reinkers?  We used Bermuda, Ocean & Grass – my son’s 3 favorite colors this weekend.  (I am sure it is 3 different colors next weekend)

The butterfly die is the smallest from the 3 pack of dies from A Muse Studios set called Butterfly Trio ($8.95 for all 3!).  You can see this die, and others, in the A Muse Studio Catalog & Inspiration Guide

(If you peaked at my last post, you will see some stars that we also did this weekend!)

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