Friday, September 30, 2011

{ A Muse Studio World Card Making Day Blog Hop}




     Happy World Card Making Day! Today I am thrilled to be joining  the A Muse Studio WCMD Blog Hop. You should have arrived to my blog from Amber Smith who is the organizer of our the blog hop, thanks Amber! Everything I used to create my card is from A Muse Studio. The beautiful damask patterned card stock is our Shimmer Couture Card Stock in Blackberry, Ocean, Grass, Orange, and Cherry. I cut strips of each color and adhered them to a white card base. I used my Janome Sew Mini to add stitching to each color strip.  Next I stamped the Thinking of You sentiment from the "Essential Sentiments" set. I finished off the card with a button tied with sugar twine. I love how vibrant and cheerful this card is and I'm sure it would brighten any ones day.  To celebrate World Card Making Day I am giving away a jar of A|S Diamond Glitter and a sampling of card stock and ribbon to one lucky winner!

     All you have to do to win is leave a comment on this post! If you would like another chance to win then leave a comment on each post from Sep30th - Oct.2nd ! Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop! Your next stop is Jennifer Corson .

  Here is a list of everyone participating in the A|S World Card Making Day

Blog Hop:

Amber Smith
http://theneatery.wordpress.com/


Veronica Zalis
http://lk2thestarz.blogspot.com/ <--You are here!

Jennifer Corson
www.scripptyscraps.blogspot.com

Karen Crisp
www.papernstamps.blogspot.com

Jeanette Cloyd
www.smoreamusement.blogspot.com

Sherri Thacker
www.sherri-iloveflipflops.blogspot.com

Seleise Barrett
www.amethystcat.blogspot.com

Pamela Fredrickson
www.attemptedcreativity.blogspot.com

Carissa Fulkerson
www.carissascottage.blogspot.com

Melissa Roell
www.totogal62.blogspot.com

Angela Schellenberg
www.gypsypaperie.blogspot.com

Lisa Chapman
www.piesafepapergoods.blogspot.com

Heather Scott
www.oz-somestamps.com

Suzanne Dahlberg
www.thecardyard.blogspot.com

Dana Vincent
www.danasamazed.blogspot.com

Julie Dylingowski
www.simplyimpressed.blogspot.com


{World Card Making Day Eve Special and a Giveaway}


    Hello friends what a week! Friday is here once again and I am super excited about this weekend and of course one of my favorite holidays of the year:  World Card Making Day! To celebrate the occasion I am offering a 15% discount on A Muse Studio pigment ink pad orders  placed through me for both Saturday, and Sunday!! If you have been waiting to try out our ink pads this is your chance to give them a whirl. They stamp beautifully, and dry quickly. Believe me you won't be disappointed!
     I am also offering up a giveaway to help celebrate WCMD - a brand new bottle of A Muse Studio Diamond Glitter! 

 This glitter is so easy to use, and adds such a beautiful touch to anything you add it to!
I am also giving away a sampling of A|S  ribbon, and paper. All you have to do win is comment on this post! If you would like more chances to win then also comment on my Saturday, and Sunday posts! Easy peasy!

 


Everything I used to create my card is from A Muse Studio. I used stamps from the stamp sets Celebrate In Style, and Clever Girls. The flowers were stamped in Blackberry, Ocean, Cherry, Orange, and Papaya pigment ink. You can see from the picture just how rich and beautiful our ink is. I LOVE our ink! I finished off the card with an A|S button tied with sugar twine.
      I hope that you will come back this weekend to join along with the World Card Making Day Celebration and also don't forget to sign up for my giveaway!  And if you've been waiting to try out our amazing pigment ink, this weekend only you will get 15% off any pigment ink pad order placed through me!!  Thank you for visiting me today and have a super weekend!


Today I am playing along with the following challenges:

A Muse Studio Challenge Blog - It's All About Twine

Birthday Sundaes - Who's Got the Button - Birthday Challenge

  
Sunday, September 25, 2011

{Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger}

 Well, I am back again with one more card today! Daddy kept an eye on the munchkins so that I could spend some extra time in my craft room. So, I thought I would create a card for this weeks Tuesday Trigger Challenge at Moxie Fab World. Here is a picture of this weeks trigger:


    This weeks picture has a really nice quilted, country craft feel to it so I instantly thought of the the "Kitch" collection by Girls Paperie so that is the patterned paper I decided to use. I used my PTI Photo Finishers metal die to create the label. I machine stitched the edges of the yellow patterned paper and added the label stamped with a sentiment from the A Muse Studio set "Wild Rose". I used SU Barely Banana ink to distress the edges a bit. The roses are from Michael's Recollection line. I added a button and sugar twine from A Muse Studio. I finished off the card by rounding all the corners with my punch from EK Success. I hope that you have had a nice weekend, and thank you for visiting my blog today!
                                                   

{Papertrey September Blog Hop Challenge}

Good Sunday afternoon friends! I hope your weekend has been as relaxing as mine. Today I was able to spend some time in my craft room and I thought I would play along with the PTI September Blog Hop Challenge . Here is the inspiration picture:


I LOVE this picture, and knew I had to play along this week!




To create my card I used the PTI set "Fruit Fusion Pear". I inked it with SU Kiwi Kiss, and Chocolate Chip. The patterned paper is from Martha Stewart. The super cute label was created with PTI's brand new metal die set "Photo Finishers". These dies are awesome, and I know I will be using them again, and again. I added some pretty dark brown lace from Hobby Lobby, and I used my Abstract Flower border punch from EK Success and a piece of textured Kiwi Kiss card stock. I rounded off all the corners and finished off my card with a button from A Muse Studio tied with twine. I LOVE the way my card turned out!! Today I am also playing along with a couple of other challenges:






Wednesday, September 21, 2011

{Hello Foxy}

     Wow, what a busy week it has been so far! This week I have been working on the design for  Holiday cards I am going to be offering as a kit for Christmas so be on the look out for that. Today I created a colorful card using the SU set "Fox and Friends". I was inspired to use the fox stamp from this weeks challenge at the Cards  Create: Blog. The paper is from Cosmo Cricket, and American Crafts. I stamped the fox in Pumpkin Pie ink and cut him out using paper snips. The grass was created using my Cricut Ex. and the Plantin Schoolbook cart. I added SU real red, and pumpkin pie grosgrain, and used a sentiment from the A Muse Studio set "Friend to Friend". I created the woodgrain circle using my new embossing folder from the Hobby Lobby brand "Paper Studio". Yes, they now carry embossing folders and they are so cute! They are only 4.99 each, but I used a 40% coupon for mine and got it for an even better price.  I hope that you like my card! Thank you for visiting my blog today!



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

{Thanks, Big Time}




Hello friends! I hope you are having a good week so far. Today I created a card with a few challenges in mind. First, the colors, today I am playing on with the Play Date Cafe for the very first time and this is the inspiration picture:




Today I decided to show my Stampin' Up stamps a little love. I used the SU sets "Aviary", and "A Word For You." I stamped the bird cage in purple ink from Martha Stewart, and the stand was stamped in French Roast by A Muse Studio.  I added a machine stitching border using purple thread. The flowers are from American Crafts, and the bling in the centers is from EK Success. Today I am also playing along with this weeks CAS-ual Friday challange


I created a set of three 4x4 cards to give as a gift. I always run out of this size first! I hope that you have a great day, and as always thank you for visiting my blog today!



Sunday, September 18, 2011

{Kindness and Friends}


   Good Sunday Morning friends! Today I am posting a card that I created for a special friend who is seriously one of the very sweetest people that I have ever met. I chose a sentiment from the Hero Arts set "Treasure the Moments".  The flower was is from the Clearly Inspired set "Brushed Flowers". I stamped the floral image in two shades of A Muse Studio ink, Cherry, and Fern. The card stock I stamped on is SU Ivory Naturals. For the very first time ever I used red thread to add the stitching around the edges of my card. I LOVE the way that turned out and plan on adding color to my stitching again. I distressed the edges of my first layer and then added a layer of kraft card stock, and very vanilla card stock. I finished off my card with a button tied with A|S toffee twine. I hope the rest of your weekend goes well, and always, thank you for visiting my blog today!   Today I am playing along with the following challenges:

Wee Memories Challenge #68 - No Patterned Paper







Thursday, September 15, 2011

{Reject Blog Hop}


Well, today I was lucky enough to have one project picked for the March/April Paper Crafts magazine (yippie!!) so I am not complaining AT all, but I did have several cards not picked . So today I am playing along with the official "Reject Blog Hop" hosted by the lovely and unbelievably talented Dr. Amber. This card is one of my favorites from the bunch. I used sketch #2 to create my card. The stamp is from the A|S set Essential Sentiments. I used patterned paper from the DCWV Lemon Flower stack. The butterflies were created using the A Muse Studio Butterfly trio metal die set. I added some pretty ribbon and a strip of paper punched with the EK Success Abstract Flower punch and I finished off my card with machine stitching around the edges. I can't wait to see your beautiful creations so please play along with us! Thank you for visiting my blog today!

                                                               
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

{Sweet Baby Birthday}


   Yep I'm back again with another card today but I couldn't resist playing along again with this weeks challenge at (One Layer Wonder) OLW63. My card features stamps, ink and ribbon from A Muse Studio. The challenge was to create a baby themed card so I decided to create a Birthday card using soft colors that would be perfect for a baby birthday card for a boy, or a girl! The colored blocks remind me of building blocks. The stamps I used to create my card are "Birthday Greetings", and "Swanky Backgrounds". This was my first tme using the swanky background stamp. I stamped the background stamp in 4 different colors of A|S ink, lichen, lemon whip, shell, and sky. I love the deep, rich color of our inks! I used my stampamajig to align the four colors, and then stamped the birthday sentiment using onyx black Versafine ink. I added some matching sky stitched ribbon and a sprinkle of sparkle using our rhinestones. I loved making this simple, sweet card! Today I am also playing along with the following challenges:

Use It Tuesday Challenge #15 - Un-inked stamps





                                               
Sunday, September 11, 2011

{Another A Muse 'ing Card}


I am back again today with another card using only A Muse Studio products! This is my first time using the cute little crib on a card and I just love what a super cute touch it adds to the card. To create my card I used two stamps from the A|S set "Sleepy Sighs". Both of these stamps came with my consultant starter kit in one of 4 sampler sets. I just have to tell you what an amazing value the starter kit is right now. For only $99 you get ALL of this: 



Take advantage of our special introductory price!

The regular price of the Basic Starter Kit is $175

Basic starter kit includes everything you need to start your own business!

* four 2011 studio sampler stamp sets

* set of six clear blocks, one of each size

* ten a
s pigment ink pads {cranberry, currant, fern, french roast, grass, ocean, orange, papaya, bubblegum and sky}

* memento tuxedo black ink pad

* six copic markers {begonia pink, cool shadow, golden yellow, lipstick red, new leaf, sand}

* copic colorless blender

* double scrubber

* squeakly clean stamp cleaner

* adhesive runner

* glue pen

* diamond glitter

* solid paper starter kit - twenty sheets

* swatch ring

* twinkle stickers - clear

* pearl stickers - vanilla

* paper flowers - meadow mis

* three spools grosgrain stitch ribbon {slate, papaya, ocean}

* 4 catalogs, essential business supplies

   Simply amazing! And believe me once you try our inks you will reach for them time and time again. If you would like to join my team please send me a message at   alwaysctr@yahoo.com  I will be happy to answer any questions you might have. If you would like to join just to take advantage of the $99 starter kit that is just fine to!  Today I am playing along with this weeks A Muse Studio sketch challenge found here. I am also playing along with this weeks OWL63 challange.

               I hope you have a wonderful Sunday! Thank you for visiting my blog today!


                                                    
Saturday, September 10, 2011

{Studio Stampers September Blog Hop}


Good Afternoon and welcome to the September Studio Stampers Blog Hop! If you have been following along with the blog today you should have arrived from the super creative blog of Lisa Wakabayashi 
    To create  my card I used the "Together Forever" stamp set. I stamped the cake twice, once on sugar card stock, and the second time on white shimmer paper. I paper pieced the cake and used a foam dot to make it pop. The beautiful damask background is our oh so pretty blackberry shimmer couture cardstock. I machine stitched around the card and added a strip of silver shimmer card stock to the bottom. I added paper piercing to give it some extra dimension. I finished off my card with a button tied with Sugar twine. Today I am also playing along with this weeks A Muse Studio Challenge. Your next stop on the Studio Stampers blog hop is  Lisa Chapman.  Here is the full list of blog hop participants:

Studio Stampers Blog Hop


Krystie Hersch

Kristen Watson

Kathy Hatzke

Karen Crisp

Kari Bell

Lisa Wakabayashi

Veronica Zalis <--  You are here!

Lisa Chapman

Lianna Vigil

                                    Thank you for hopping along with us today!!
                                                 
Friday, September 2, 2011

{Thank You in Woodgrain}


Lets give a hip-hip-hooray for Friday and Labor Day weekend here in the USA! It is still way too hot but it looks like a cool down is finally on the horizon. Today I am very happy to be playing along with this weeks 100th Challenge at ColorQ . This week the challenge was to create a card using a sketch and favorite past color combo. Here is the color combination I chose:
 

Aren't those colors beautiful! This week I am also playing along with the Create: Card Blog Challenge which was to use "woodgrain" on a card and this weeks Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger Challenge. I was inspired this week by the beautiful neutral tones, and woodgrain head board of the Tuesday Trigger inspiration picture. To create my card I used a stamp I received from PaperCrafts magazine last year from "Papeterie" called Margaret. I love the vintage feel of this set and I thought it would be a great fit with the colors I chose. I used my A Muse Studio woodgrain stamp to create the background. Next I stamped the large doily multiple times in kraft colored ink. I added ribbon and lace from Making Memories to accent my card. I added machine stitching, (of course) a button tied with A Muse Studio Twine, and a pretty little rosette.  I finished off my card by stamping the sentiment. I hope that you have a wonderful, and safe weekend, and as always thank you for visiting my blog today!

Today I am playing along with the following challenges:



                                                                
Thursday, September 1, 2011

{Sweet New Arrival}



Good Morning friends! Today I am posting a card I created using one of my favorite paper collections "Just Ducky" by October Afternoon. This line is just SO cute. I used four different patterns of paper to create my card. I added some stitching and a fun row of pink buttons. The stamp is from the Inkadinkado set "Baby Love". This set is PERFECT for paper piecing. I used my SU scallop punch and circles Nestabilities. And I finished off the card with a sentiment from the A Muse Studio stamp set "Essential Sentiments". This is definitely my go-to sentiment set. Love it!  Today I am playing along with a few challenges:

Case Study Challenge #55

DYSU Challenge #35 - Friendly Critters

The Pink Elephant TPE114 - Paper Piecing