Tuesday, January 24, 2012

You’re So Sweet… (another Sneak Peak)

Did I mention the other day that I really, really, really want to own the Hey Cupcake set?  Let’s add another Really in there, because even without the cupcake, the Hey Cupcake! set is fabulous!

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I colored the Cherries with colored pencil, and used Gamsol & blending stumps to smooth out the coloring.  I then highlighted the cherries with a dash of Spica pen, except the cherry immediately to the right of the sentiment – I used the Spica all over that cherry.

The “you’re so Sweet” sentiment is one piece.  I used my daubers to apply the black & red inks.

My catalogs are on their way.  Drop me a line at Stamping.dana@gmail.com – if you would like to purchase one.   I am having a special with catalog purchase, that you can read about in my last post.

Supplies used on this card:

  • Sugar A|S cardstock
  • Cherry A|S cardstock
  • Bubblegum A|S cardstock
  • Bubblegum A|S Ribbon
  • Spica Pen
  • Bubblegum A|S Gingham Cardstock
  • Memento  Tuxedo Black  Ink
  • Watermelon A|S Ink
  • Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sneaky Peak, with a Cherry on Top.

How would you like another Sneaky Peak? 

“Pretty Please, with a Cherry on Top?” you say?  Awww….that is sweet.  Ok, why not!

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This is from the Hey Cupcake! set.  I did not originally order this, but I got to play with it, when I went over to another consultant’s house last week.  It is now on my list.  Towards the top.

So, I was trying to create cards out of my scrap drawer, which always seems to be growing.  I made this 4.25” square out of a scrap of the School Lined paper, and then paper pieced the cupcake.  The ribbon, an afterthought, wraps around the front of the card through a slit I cut in the fold. 

I mentioned that the Polka Dots are retiring?  Well, the lucky consultants at the A|S Convention this weekend have let us know that smaller Polka Dots are coming!!  Whooo Hoooo!   I do love polka dots!  We are hearing lots of other rumors & teases about the new book, so stay tuned.  Heck, you should consider signing up for my newsletter &/or subscribing to my blog.

Also, I have ordered my first batch of catalogs.  I am offering them at $5 + $5 shipping.  If you get a book from me, and place your first $25 minimum order before 3/31 – you will qualify for your choice of FREE Twinkle Stickers or FREE 5 yards of our Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, in your choice of color.  

Supplies Used:

  • School Lined Paper
  • Ocean A|S ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Bubblegum Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Blueberry Polka Dot Cardstock
  • Bubblegum Gingham Cardstock
  • Kraft Cardstock

Friday, January 20, 2012

Charming Gardeners–Part 3

So, yesterday, I had a *GREAT* time working on my cards with one of my favorite A|S Consultants!  We were even (kind of) productive!!  So, I will have a few more Sneak Peaks to show you in the new day or two…


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This is also from the Charming Gardeners set!  When I stamped the sentiment, I did not ink the part on the bottom right that accredited this quote to Marcel Proust.  Sorry Marcel, but you just did not fit in the Nestibilities Oval.

Again, I broke out the Rialto Patterned cardstock.  LOVE IT.  Doesn’t it look FABULOUS with the Nutmeg & Pumpkin?


Supplies Used:

  • Sugar (White) A|S Cardstock
  • Nutmeg A|S Cardstock (for scalloped oval & layer)
  • Pumpkin A|S Cardstock
  • Rialto Patterned A|S Cardstock
  • Rialto A|S ink
  • Stardust Finishing Spray
  • Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Nestibilities Classic Small Oval Set
  • Nestibilities Classic Small Scalloped Oval

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Make New Friends, but Keep the Old…

Does anyone else remember the song from Girl Scouts?  Yeah, if you do, sorry for the “earworm” song, but it has been going through my head the entire time I was working on this card.  Now, it just might be going through yours…
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It is another card with the new stamp set, Charming Gardeners.  The fabulous sentiment & the flower stamp are both from that set.  The flowers are on a single stamp, and they are slightly smaller than the single flower that I colored yesterday.  I used the Cherry & Orange Vintage cardstock to paper piece the flowers, then colored the “underside” of the petals with a coordinating Copic.

While I had a lot of fun using the Copics yesterday to blend colors for the flowers, I wanted you all to see another way to use them.  I know that a lot of you do not have Copics, and did not want you to rule out this flowers.  There are a ton of great ways to use this set!!

The old friend that we used is the Polka Dot Paper.  Sadly, it will be retiring soon.  But, there will always have a spot in my heart (spot – get it?!?) for the Polka Dots.  They were the first A Muse paper  I ever tried and they won me over.  You can still order it through February 1st, and don’t be surprised if you still see me use it once it is retired.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am challenging myself to play along with the folks at SCS.  It is sa great way to keep myself motivated, and I hope to see you playing along!!  I got this layout from a Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers - SC367 Sketch Challenge.

Check back soon to see more Sneaky Peaks!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sneaky Peaky #4

Hey everyone!  I am back, just like I promised!!  This time I brought another Sneak Peak with me.  I played along with the SCS CAS (Clean & Simple) challenge #CAS153 – a Clean & Simple Sketch Challenge.

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I used the new Charming Gardeners set from A Muse Studios.  (Yep, another set that I was able to preorder – just another perk of being an A|S Consultant).  I used the single flower from the set & colored it with Copics (Y11, Y17, Y38, & R08).  I reverse masked 2 blocks & used my Daubers to color them with A|S Wheat & Rialto ink.

What, you have not heard of Rialto?  Yep, it’s another Sneak Peak!  Both the small square and the matching cardstock are Rialto – part of the new A Muse Studio Venetian Color Palette. 

The paper “ribbon” that I used is from a roll called Wraphia, that I got from the gift wrapping section at Michael’s a few years ago.  I have used it quite a bit, and the roll just does not shrink. 


Come back soon for more Sneaky Peaks.

One more Quick Crown

Before I reach for another new stamp set, and take a peak at the challenges over at Splitcoaststampers – I wanted to share one more QUICK project I made with the larger Crown from Keep Calm. 

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I stamped it with A Muse Blackberry ink, on our 2” Maple Tag.  If you have been to one of my workshops lately, you may know about my love of the Maple Tags!  I have NO CLUE if they will be moving into the new Catalog, but they came out in the Holiday Guide & I have been hooked on them!  The hole can be punched with a Cropodile!

So, after the Blackberry dried, I colored over all of the purple with my Spica pen for sparkle. 

What would you use this for?  Oh, how about as a funky necklace, gift tag, luggage tag, kids backpack, even on your dog’s collar? 

The maple tags are available in my A|S shop in 2 sizes, and they come in 12 packs, 1.5” for $3.95 or 2” for $5.95. 

Hey, did you notice the new look of the blog?  I have been working on it lately & I hope that you like the new design.   Feel free to let me know in the comments below…

Friday, January 13, 2012

Another Sneak Peak? Sure, since you asked so nicely…



Decided to do another quick & easy card for you all.  You remember the motto, don’t you?  “Think simple, think A Muse…”

This is a single stamp from the Keep Calm set that I showed you yesterday.  The crown is perfectly centered, which is great – because if I tried to center it, it would be all sorts of wonky. 

I broke out the A Muse scrap drawer & decided to pair up Buttercup & Wasabi, as I had the perfect size scraps to use.  Stamped in Wasabi & made dots around the Sugar panel with my Y32 Cashmere Copic.  Of course, the crown needed just a little something sparkly!

Keep watching for more sneak peaks from me & A Muse Studios!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

2012 A Muse Studio Sneak Peak #1

Hey, everyone!!  I got my first box of goodies from the new A Muse Studio Inspiration Guide that comes out February 1st!  “First box?” you ask, and yes, this is the first.  We were shown a sneak peak, that included 9 new colors, which included a new color group called Venetian.  We also saw a new pattern of cardstock, and 5 new sets of stamps.  There is so much more that they are keeping secret – that the anticipation is killing me.  So, while this is the first box – I know that when I get my hands on the whole catalog, there will be all sorts of new A Muse Goodies coming my way!
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The stamp set that I used is called Keep Calm.  I created this card as not only a sneaky-peaky for you all, but also for a SCS Color Challenge, CC357, I used the new color Burano (part of the Venetian Color Palette), Ocean, and Shell.  That is the new Burano Patterned Cardstock.  It is hard to tell in the picture, that I also used Shell around the edges of the Sugar (White) cardstock, and used my Spica Glitter pen on the word Queen.  Of course, I had to add a little bling to the crown.

I enjoyed breaking the Burano out of it’s Palette, and really liked how the Ocean held up to it’s brightness.

Stay tuned, I will have another Sneaky-Peaky for you soon.  All new products will be available on February 1st, at my online store.

In the meantime…have you signed up for my newsletter?  There is a quick link to join it on the right side ---> see it?  I would love for you to use it.

Monday, January 9, 2012

It’s a Moxie Fab Challenge

Ok, they are known as a Tuesday Trigger, over at Moxie Fab.  And, yes, I know it is Monday night.  But this was a Two-Weeker, and you have until January15th if you want to play along!
Here is the fabulous inspiration:
Moxie Fab Numbers
I loved the repetition of the numbers, and those fabulous yummy colors.  I had to break out the A Muse Studio inks.  I grabbed the skunk from the Friends Fur-Ever set that was still sitting on my desk from earlier today. 
I used Sage, Bermuda, Lemon Whip, Papaya & Shell inks.  Added Orange & Sky Gingham with Orange twinkle stickers to knock out this quick card. 

I just edited this post to include a *slightly* better picture.  Dang, not easy to take a picture of such light colors.  Know what I mean?

Squirrel Smiles…

It is the second week of the year, and so far, I have upheld my goal of participating in 2 stamping challenges per week.  :) .  While it is supposed to be winter here, in the Chicago area, it feels more like March than January.
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It was SCSs CAS (Clean & Simple) Challenge #152 – Die Cuts.  I broke out the Grass Die Cut and the Clouds.  The stamps were all from the A Muse Friends Fur-Ever set.  It is part of the January Spotlight, and it is 10% off this week.
The cardstock is also all A Muse Studio – and available in my online store.  The Polka Dots cardstock is retiring February 1st, but as of today, all the colors are still available.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Two Days in a Row!

Can you believe it?

I just popped by to share another Eat  Cake Graphics Image with you. ECG Happy 001

Can you believe how stinking cute this stamp is? 

I am again doing a challenge from Splitcoast stampers.  It was a color challenge CC356.  I did not have the perfect green Copic to match my A Muse Wasabi cardstock, so I colored it originally with Willow & then layered Cashmere to make it more yellow-y.  I love blending Copics to get what I want.

Happy to say that I used my last 4 snowflake brads when making this card.  I have no clue who made them, they have been in my stash so long.  I did decide to add them after the fact, so I cut the prongs off and used glue dots to adhere them.

Paper is all A Muse Studio, and is available through my online store.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year!

Hey, everyone!  I am sorry for my absence for the last 2 months, but not only have I had are/hand surgery, I also lost my sister to Cancer. 

But, I am hoping for a more Creative New Year!  ECG Snowman 003So, I am trying to get more involved w/Splitcoast Stamper’s Challenges.  This was CAS151, Clean & Simple: Beverages.

I wanted to share a card that I made with Eat Cake Graphics stamps.  (I know, *not* A Muse, gasp!). 

The cardstock is all A Muse. The pink layer started as a piece of Sugar cardstock that I embossed with my Web/Swirls Impression Plate (A Muse Studio TAEP004), and used A Muse Shell ink & a sponge dauber to color the raised layer.  I used the paper in what I would describe as the “back” of the embossed page, so there would be more pink than white. 

Flocked the bottom snow and added pearls & black twinkles.  Again, find them at my A Muse Store.

(Ok, I know that the Holly makes it a bit Christmas-y, but I c0uld not wait another 10 months of so to use this stamp again.  Maybe next time, I will mask the holly…)