Saturday, April 30, 2011

{You are Special}

 Hello and welcome to my blog! Do you have any exciting weekend plans? It will be a quiet one for us this weekend but the weather is dark and dreary so I'm ok with that. I am in a happy mood because yesterday I received Happy mail from Paper Crafts magazine and found out that I had THREE cards picked up for publication in the next issue of Holiday Card and More! I am so excited! Thanks for letting me share!
     Since 3 seems to be a lucky number for me I am going to be posting 3 cards in the next 3 days. All 3 of my cards will feature A Muse Studios supplies! I just want you guys to see how awesome this company is! For my card today I used the set "Friend to Friend". I colored the flowers with two Copic markers, lipstick red, and begonia pink and then fussy cut them out with paper snips. The leaves were stamped in Grass ink. I used matching Bubblegum gingham card stock along with Bubblegum polka do card stock. I used my A Muse Studio butterfly metal die to create the pretty layered butterfly using scraps of the same paper. Isn't it cute?! The sentiment is also from the "Friend to Friend" stamp set.  I roughed up the edges of my flowers and sentiment and finished off the card with you guessed it, Bubble gum ribbon! I love this card and have someone special in mind to give it to! Now, to celebrate my "weekend of 3's" I am going to give away some very yummy blog candy featuring a few of my favorite A Muse Studio goodies.   

Several butterfly die cuts, and a full package (12 yards) of toffee twine. I love, love this twine and I know you will to! Now to win my candy you must follow my blog, and comment on this post. Now if you would like two more chance to win come back tomorrow, and Monday and comment on all three of my A Muse Studio cards! Easy peasy! Today I am playing along with a handful of challenges:

Thursday, April 28, 2011

{Color Makes Me Happy}

 Just like my blog post title says, color makes me HAPPY! I finished this card this morning and couldn't wait to share it on my blog. I love the color splash of one of the newest releases from Cosmo Cricket "Salt Air". I must get more of this paper! All of the patterned paper I used in this card is from the Salt Air 6x6 paper pad. I stitched around the edges, and then used my edge distresser to give the edges a nice tattered appearance. The pretty butterfly image is from Inkadinkado's new cling rubber stamp collection that I heat embossed with black embossing powder and colored with a sponge and 3 of my A Muse Studio pigment ink pads. The fun bluish ribbon is from the Flutter collection by Making Memories. I have wanted to use it on a card every since I bought it! The yellow ribbon is from Cosmo Cricket. The sentiment is from the A Muse Studio set "Contemporary Greetings". And finally I finished off the card with a big yellow button tied with twine from A Muse Studio. I am playing along with lots of challenges today! So much color, love it!

The Lollipop Ladies Challenge #19 - Ribbon Candy

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

{Berry Sweet Thoughts}

Good morning friends! I am happy to report that the sun is shining and it is nice and cool outside. It was SO humid over the weekend! Today I am posting  a card that I created using one of my all time favorite patterned papers, Jillibean Soup "Chilled Strawberry". Isn't it just the cutest? I used three different papers to create the layers of the card. The fun stamped frame is the Unity/Jillibean Soup stamp called "Just a Note" that I stamped in SU's Early Espresso. The sentiment is from the A Muse Studio Set "Contemporary Greetings". I machine stitched around all of my layers and finished off the card with ribbon and Prima flowers. I created my card using this weeks sketch (and my first time to play along) from The Sweet Stop.

I am also playing along with these challenges:

Polka Doodles Challenge Week 16 - Three Patterned Papers

Lets Ink It Up Challenge 13 - Stitching

The Crazy Challenge # 64 - Three different papers

Make it Monday with Kraft Outlet - May Day

Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

{Somewhere Over the Rainbow}

Hello and welcome to my blog! I hope you are having a good day! Today I am posting a card that I was inspired and challenged to create in this weeks challenge at  Moxie Fab World "Tissue Paper Magic".  After sitting at my craft table with a few sheets of tissue paper in front of me it came to about a rainbow! When I started out I had no idea if this would even work, but as you can see from my card it did, and the results are ah-mazing! To create my tissue paper rainbow I cut several strips of white packing tissue about 1 inch wide. Next I chose 6 colors from my new A Muse Studio pigment ink: papaya, grass, orange, sky, and blackberry. I applied the ink to my strips of tissue paper using make-up wedges. I get them at the Dollar Store and cut them in half so I'm ok with throwing them away after using them.  I let the rainbow strips dry for a bit and then I began twisting them into shape. I used sticky tape to apply one color band at a time and using a twisting motion I created the color band.  The sentiment is from A Muse Studio as well as the pretty swallow die cuts that I added to my card. I cut them out in 2 colors to add a bit of depth. Those pretty dies come in two sizes and at only 5.95 for the set ya can't beat the price! I added glimmery brads to the corners and finished off the cards with lots of buttons to form the billowy clouds at the end of the rainbow. I had so much fun making this card and will be using tissue paper in my cards in the future. Thank you Moxie Fab World for the awesome challenge! Today I am playing along with a few other challenges as well:

 Thank you for visiting my blog today!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

{Happy Birthday with a cherry on top}

Good Morning and welcome to another week at Cupcake Inspirations! Here is the inspiration picture for this weeks challenge:

 Isn't it just the cutest thing?! This week Cupcake Inspirations is being sponsored by Wild Rose Studio and we were lucky enough to receive an adorable Fergus the dragon stamp to play with for this challenge. These stamps are wonderful!

 My card features the adorable Fergus with Cupcake stamp. I stamped him in black Staz-On ink on watercolor paper and used my SU blender pens and ink to color him. The patterned papers are from the Cosmo Cricket Pixie-licious collection. I think they match the inspiration picture so well, love that! I machine stitched around the card. I used the SU ribbon scallop punch to add the scalloped borders, and bakers twine and a Cosmo Cricket button to finish off the card. The die cut that I stamped the sentiment was created using my Cricut Expression, and SCAL software. The sentiment is from the SU set "A Word For You". I had so much fun creating this card....really! Today I am playing along with a few challenges:

Card Patterns Sketch # 112 - I flipped the sketch a little bit.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

{To a Wild Rose}


 Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I am happy to show you a card made with the stamp set "Wild Rose" by A Muse Studios. I have wanted this set from the very first time I looked at the catalog! I sponged the rose with Shell, and Cherry pigment inks. This is my favorite way to use the A Muse pigment inks. The inks blend so beautifully. LOVE them. I cut two stamped roses out and attached them to the card with foam dots. I stamped the wrought iron border stamp using "Slate" ink. I did not have any A Muse light pink ribbon yet so I cut off a length of taffeta ribbon and sponged it with Shell pigment ink. Oh my goodness I am SO happy with the result. Now I will always have matchy ribbon! The pretty butterflies are also from A Muse. I included all 3 sizes in my picture so you could get an idea of how big/small they are. These are my first butterfly metal dies and I am so happy I waited to get them. They are 8.95 for all three sizes  and compared to the other butterfly dies available I think that is a great price. I accented my butterflies with sparky rhinestones. I am extremely happy with the way my card turned out and I am already thinking of my next card using this set! If you would like to order this set for yourself please contact me, or visit my webstore at

            Today I am playing along with several challenges:

Card Patterns Challenge #111 -

Monday, April 18, 2011

{Easter Bunny Wishes}

Hello and welcome to my blog! I hope you are having a nice Monday. We are having  a quiet day after having a busy weekend. Today I created an Easter card using an adorable digital image from Pink Cat Studios. I colored the image with promarkers. Thanks to Cyndi from The Scrappy Chick Boutique I had some new paper to play with today, the "Salt Air" collection from Cosmo Cricket. I machine stitched around my layers added SU ribbon, and finished off the card with the sentiment from A Muse Studios "Essential Sentiments", and roses from Recollections. I paper pieced my balloons to add some dimension to the card. I'm happy with the way my card turned out! Today I am playing along with a handful of challenges:

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #113

Friday, April 15, 2011

{Clean And Simple Wedding Cards}

 Today I am playing along with the Paper Crafts Wedding Cards Gallery Challenge and today  I am posting two cards I made for the challenge!  My first card features LOTS of A Muse Studios goodness, stamps, ink, and ribbon. I know I keep saying this but in the words of Susan Opel creative editor of Paper Crafts Magazine I puffy love Amuse Studios pigment ink, believe, just try it once and you will be hooked! I put in an order and will be receiving some A Muse happy mail next week and I can't wait to show ya! For this card I used stamps from the A Muse sets "Beautiful Botanicals 2" and "Essential Sentiments". I shadow stamped the leaf "frond" in two pigment inks, French Roast, and Latte. I accented the image with a few rhinestone sparklies, and finished off the card with A Muse french roast stitched ribbon. I love this simple card, and it would be an easy one to make several of. For me it is nice to take a break from cards filled with embellishments and layers.

 My next card features stamps from PaperTrey Ink and the same A Muse sentiment from my first card. I used the PTI Anniversary set from 2008. Love all of the pattern elements of this set. I stamped the image several times to create the patterned paper using A Muse Studios Currant pigment ink.  I accented the centers with rhinestones. I used my 100 yard role of offray vanilla satin ribbon. I will never run out of this ribbon. LOL. I bought it at the Offray ribbon outlet in Hagerstown MD for $2. Craziness. I added a nice scalloped border with my Martha Stewart punch and finished off the card with the sentiment stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Again, another simple card that would be easy to duplicate. I hope I inspire you to create your own clean and simple cards! Today I am playing along with a handful of challenges:

Crafts and me Challenge #30 - Ribbon

Creative Craft World - Love and Marriage

Claudia and Company Challenge #79 - Monochromatic

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #44 - Sparkle and Bling

Polkadoodle  Challenge Week15 - Tie the knot

Monday, April 11, 2011

{Easter Chicks}

Good Afternoon and welcome to my blog! I hope everyone had a nice weekend, as always ours went by much too quickly. Today I was able to play for a bit in my card room thanks to a couple of sleepy boys and I created this fun shabby-chic Easter card. The chicks are a digital image from Pink Cat Studios. I colored them with Pro-Markers and cut them out with my Cutterbee paper snips. The beautiful patterned paper is the new "Kitch" collection by Girls Paperie. I bought the 6x6 sampler pack from Claudia and Company. I really love the sampler packs. I never make it thru an entire paper pad, so the samplers are perfect for me. Anyways, I cut the paper into 4  squares and matted them with GP white card stock. I then used my Janome to add the zig-zag stitching around all 4 pieces. I then attached them to a Kraft card base. The nice Nestabilities-like shape was cut out using my Cricut and SCAL software. I attached the chicks with foam dots and added the vintage lace and bow. I thought pearls would be a fun way to accent the border of the large shape, and then I added the pretty mini rosettes from Michael's Recollections collection. I added a pearl accent below the roses also. The Easter sentiment is from  A Muse Studios.

Today I am playing along with several challenges:

Etsy Inspired Challenge # 134 - Think Fast Designs - Here is the picture I chose as inspiration:

Raise the Bar Challenge #61 - Hey Chick

The Crazy Challenge # 62 - Easter

Digi Design House Challenge - Stitches

The Pink Elephant Challenge #97 - Easter

Woodware USA Challenge #22 - Anything Goes

Creative Inspirations Challenge #57 - Easter

Totally Gorjuss Challenge #75 - Fluffy

Paper Play Challenge Week 14 - Critters Galore

I Love ProMarkers Challenge #60 - Easter

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog - It's Time For Spring/Easter

Anything Goes Challenge # 38 - Pearls

Sunday, April 10, 2011

{No Place Like Gnome}


Good Afternoon! Gnomes seem to be quite popular lately and I can see why because they are so darn cute. Today at Cupcake Inspirations we are being sponsored by Whimsie Doodles and they were nice enough to let the design team play along with some of their newly released images. I colored my gnome home with Promarkers and Copics. I paper pieced the roof using SU dsp from the "Brights" paper pad. I cut out the window, colored it with Copics, and added a nice thick layer of glassy glaze. Now for this card and for the first time ever I used flocking in two shades of green on the shrubbery outside of the gnome home. I LOVE how it turned out, and now I need more shades of flocking! The green patterned paper is from a DCWV paper stack, and the red is more DSP from SU. I used my SU ribbon scallop punch and my Fiskars threading water punch. I finished off this card by adding a brad to the door for the door knob, and adding maraschino red bakers twine from The Twinery tied with a red shiny button. Today I am playing along with a few challenges:

Wee Memories Challenge #51 - Tangled Up

Card Patterns Sketch #110

Friday, April 8, 2011

{A Sheltering Tree and Blog Candy Winners}

    Ahh, Friday is finally here, what a long week this has been! Today I will be picking the winners of my bakers twine blog candy, and my A Muse Studios blog candy with the help of But first let me tell you about the card I created today! Everything I used to make this card is from A Muse Studios except for the bakers twine and the cloudy sky patterned paper. I started by stamping the tree on two colors of card stock that I cut out. I did the same thing with the kite only I used A Muse gingham card stock. I stamped the sun (a marigold stamp) on the patterned paper, and again on white card stock and punched it out with a 1 1/2 circle punch. I used a pop dot to adhere it to the patterned paper. I cut the grass out using my Cricut, and SCAL software and then sponged it with A Muse pigment ink in Lichen, and Grass. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE A Muse Ink?? I attached the tree using foam dots, and then stamped the sentiment on the same sky patterned paper and adhered it to the card. I added some  A Muse stitched ribbon and bakers twine to finish off the card. This card makes me happy! Now lets pick out a couple of winners! I used to pick out the winners of my two blog candies, the bakers twine and buttons, and the A Muse Ribbon and catalog candy the winner of the Bakers Twine candy is:

Comment #2

jimlynn said...

Super looking blog candy - and even a more SUPER looking card! So pretty!
I'm already a follower - so didn't know if I needed to post again.
Thanks for the chance for the candy.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 8:10:00 PM CDT
Congrats Lynn! Please email me with your address  (alwaysctr at yahoo dot com) and I will get your goodies in the mail!

The winner of my A Muse candy is:
 Comment # 7

Chelsea said...

This is really cute and classy!
Saturday, April 2, 2011 7:56:00 AM CDT

    Chelsea please email me (alwaysctr at yahoo dot com) with your address and I will get your A Muse goodies into the mail!
     Thank you so much everyone for the wonderful comments. If you would like a copy of the A Muse catalog I am selling them for 9.95, or free with a $50 order.  I also want to let you know that the A Muse Studio basic starter kit is still at the fantastic price of $99. I would love for you to join my team, or you can sign up with no obligations just to get the great deal on the A Muse Studios Stamps, Ink and Paper. I promise you you will LOVE it!  As a consultant you will receive an extra 10% off of one order you make in your first 45 days. That's a total of 30% off ! Please contact me with any questions you have.  As always thank you for visiting my blog and have a wonderful weekend!

Today I am playing along with a few challenges:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

{Thinking of You}

Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I wanted to play with some of the new cling stamps by Inkadinkado I received last week. They really are top quality stamps and I highly recommend them! I colored the floral image with Copics, Pro-Markers, Bic Markits and SU pastels. The patterned paper is from the Cosmo Cricket Material Girl collection, and I stamped the main image on  SU Very Vanilla. The sentiment is from the A Muse "Essential Sentiments" set. I finished off the card with ruffled ribbon from Hobby Lobby and a button, and floss. Today I am playing along with a few challenges:

Flutter By Wednesdays Challenge #148 - Buttons and bows

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes

Tuesday Throwdown  #43 - Spring

Paper Sundae's Challenge # 63 -  Spring Blossoms

Fairy Fun Fridays Challenge # 49 - Oh So Spring


Don't forget to sign up for my Blog Candy featuring an assortment of bakers twine from "The Twinery"

Monday, April 4, 2011

{Pretty Pink Buttons}

Happy Monday and welcome to my blog! I hope this Monday is treating you well. So far it has been a great day here with my boys.  Today my card features a "Go-To" sketch from Paper Crafts Magazine that is a perfect way to use buttons! If you are anything like me you probably have tons of buttons. I used to be bad about hoarding my favorite embellishments but lately I have been using them a lot more and have found it to be liberating. Try it, you'll see what I mean! Ok now back to the card, the stamps I used are from Unity Stamp Co "Just a Note" and they are a part of the Itty Bitty line by Jillibean Soup. The patterned paper I used is the Echo Park "Springtime" collection. I stamped the polkadot label in SU Melon Mambo, and the sentiment in SU Espresso. The cute stitched ribbon is from Hobby Lobby. I finished off the card with a machine stitched border. Today I am playing along with a few challenges:

All Things Unity Challenge 28 - Buttons

Wee Memories Challenge #50 - Color

Sunday, April 3, 2011

{Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #105}

Hello and welcome to another week at Cupcake Inspirations! This week we are being sponsored by Glitterbabe's Digis. Our inspiration picture this week is one of my favorites so far!  

Aren't they just the cutest! For my card I used a cute Glitterbabe's Easter Bunny image. I colored it with pro-markers and Stampin' Up pastels, and accented the picture with SU bling. The patterned paper is also from Stampin Up and features several patterns in bashful blue. And since I am on a bakers twine kick I had to finish off the card with pink bakers twine.  Speaking of bakers twine I am giving away several different colors of bakers twine from "The Twinery, and lots of buttons and flowers here, so be sure to comment on my blog candy post for your chance to win! If you get a chance to play we would love for you to join us at Cupcake Inspirations this week!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

{Love you to the moon and back}

Hello and welcome to the A Muse | Studios Consultant Blog Hop!

    My card features a cute and fun image from the A Muse stamp set "Quick and Cute Valentine's". I stamped the image on A Muse Sky Gingham card stock and then once on Butter Cream Gingham card stock. I cut out the middle of the rocket and adhered it to the main image. I cut out the black and white polka dot card stock with Labels 1 Nestabilities. I finished off my card with red and white bakers twine, and two shiny red buttons. Today I am giving away 3 yards of  the 3 colors of A Muse satin ribbon in this picture:

 It is so pretty, and very nice to work with. I am also giving away the 2011 A Muse | Studios Catalog to the winner of my blog candy:

All you have to do to win is leave a comment on this post! Well friends I am the final stop on the
A Muse Blog Hop and you should have come here from 18th  on the hop Kari Bell   If you want to start at the beginning of the hop then you need to visit #1   Samantha Kania   .   Thank you so much for visiting my blog and I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Today I am playing along with a few challenges:

Wee Memories Chalenge #50 - Color!

Craft Your Days Away Challange # 17 - Spots and stripes

CES challenge #30 - Children