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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Something Exciting is Coming!

Yes, that's right! My A Muse Webstore will be open on Friday!!! How exciting is that!?!?!?

If all goes as planned, A Muse tells us that the webstores will go live at 12:01 a.m. (Pacific time) on April 1. You will find my webstore at:

I would love to help you with your need for A Muse products. If you will be placing an order of $150 or more, it will qualify for hostess incentives... but to get them you will need to place your order directly through me, not on my webstore. You can email me at

If you have any questions, or just want to chat, send me an email. I'll get back to you ASAP! Also, some of you may be wanting a copy of the A Muse catalog. They are available through the webstore for $9.95 plus shipping, or contact me via email and if I still have some in stock, I will mail them to you for $11, including the cost of shipping.

And if the launch of the webstore isn't exciting enough.... on Saturday (April 2), there is more fun in planned!

There is going to be an A Muse Blog Hop!!! I'm going to be participating along with a lot of other A Muse Consultants. So be sure to check back here on Saturday for all the fun!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Guitar Music

Last Friday I posted a picture of a card I made with the Rock Star set. I had so much fun with that card, that I decided to make another card with the same image and sentiment.

This is a great set to use for cards for those teenagers in your life!

I did a little bit on the inside of my card, too.

The music note brad looks great on the Broken Music Note paper.

Image & Sentiment: A•Muse Studios Rock Star set (page 54 in the catalog)
Ink: A•Muse Studios Currant (page 87 in the catalog) and Ocean (page 85 in the catalog)
Cardstock: from my scrap file
Designer Paper: Carolee's Creations Broken Notes and Piggy Tales Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Collection Wonder Years
Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet musical note brad and Studio 18 rhinestones

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

To the Moon and Back

When my children were very young, I started a loving tradition with them. I'd ask them how much I love them and they would respond, with outstretched arms, "This much and more." I love them beyond measure. When I saw the cute rocket ship and sentiment stamp in my A Muse starter kit, I immediately thought of them, although they are now all grown up.

Jeremy, Brock, and Brittney, I love you to the moon and back!

I wanted to add some celestial sparkle to my images, so I mostly colored them with the Copic Spica pens. A Muse sells a clear one and it is perfect for adding a touch of shimmer/shine wherever you need/want it. I also own some of the colored Copic Spica pens and they are what I used on this card.

I even added a bit of cloud paper inside my card - and of course, I had to have a moon!

In this picture you can see that I actually ran the ribbon to the inside of my card, as well. The A Muse Organdy ribbon is so pretty, it cannot be hidden.

This picture shows some of the depth of my card:

I know some of you might be getting eager to order from my A Muse web store. Let me remind you... it will go live on April 1. I look forward to seeing what catches your eye in the catalog. What will you be ordering???

Images: A Muse Make a Scene (page 76 in the catalog) and Quick & Cute Valentines (page 13 in the catalog)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, and Copic Spica pens
Cardstock: from my scrap file
Designer Paper: K & Co. Actopus to Zelephant Designer Mat Pack
Embellishment: A Muse 1/4" Organdy Ribbon (page 94 in the catalog)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

How Ya' Bean?

I have always loved the smell of coffee brewing, even though I didn't start drinking coffee until about 6 months ago. I also like coffee stamps/images and all those fun coffee-themed sentiments found in the stamping world. Therefore I was excited to see that A Muse Studio has a great coffee stamp set called The Perfect Blend.

The cup in the set reminds me of my favorite guilty pleasure - Starbucks! The sentiment I used is fun, too - How Ya' Bean?

I wanted to try out some more of my new A Muse products, so I used a polka dot stamp to provide some unique inking to the front of the card. I also used a small piece of the A Muse Polka Dot designer paper to give some color to the card front. Isn't it cheerful?

The Washi tape is such a fun product. I was able in stamp the sentiment onto it, it did take quite a while for the ink to dry, though. And I just wanted a rugged/torn look so I just ripped the piece of Washi tape and adhered it to the front of the card.

I added some buttons that I had (although A Muse does sell buttons, I don't own any of them - YET!) to give some depth and a variety of color to my card.

Here's the inside of my card:

The sentiment is from the A Muse Essential Elements stamp set

I wanted to try adding ink to the edges of my card, so I did - both inside and out with French Roast ink. I also sponged some Bubblegum ink onto the area where I then stamped the sentiment for some added color.

Speaking of sponging, let me show you my sponging kit that I'm making. So far, the only colors I have in it are Bubblegum and French Roast.

I purchased a package of 12 sponges for a dollar at a yard sale last summer. I am in the process of cutting them into 6 pieces each and I add a handle (white cardstock stapled onto the piece of sponge) so that I can easily hold onto the sponge while inking and sponging onto my projects. I write the ink color onto the handle for easy reference.

The plastic storage case is one that I had from my old system of storing my earrings. It is perfect for my sponge kit.

Now for a final thought, I recently read this statement and thought you might like it...
FOREVER: Time it takes to brew the first pot of coffee in the morning.

Images & Sentiments: A Muse Essential Elements (page 76 in catalog), Polka Dot Patterns (page 75 in catalog), and The Perfect Blend (page 61 in catalog)
Ink: A Muse Bubblegum (page 85 in catalog) and French Roast (page 86 in catalog)
Cardstock: A Muse French Roast (page 86 in catalog)
Designer Paper: Polka Dot (page 88 in catalog)
Embellishments: A Muse Washi Tape (page 84 in catalog), and buttons sewn on with crochet thread (vendor unknown)

Friday, March 18, 2011

You Rock!

I can't believe it's been nearly a week since I posted on this blog. I'm sorry! When I began it, my intention was to post a minimum of three times a week. However, I have been feeling a little under the weather this week - which has me dragging - and I can't seem to keep up.

This morning I just NEEDED to get inky, though... so I went to my Hidout (my craft space) and opened up some of those wonderful A•Muse Studio ink pads that came in my starter kit. Oh my goodness!!! I could not believe how lucious they are! They stamp beautifully - such rich gorgeous colors. Awesome ink!!!

You can see two of the colors here in the card I made for this post:

The image and sentiment are part of the A•Muse Studios Rock Star stamp set

I had a piece of this awesome double-sided designer paper that I thought went perfectly with the Rock Star image, so I used some of it on both the card front and inside the card.

This view shows you some of the details and the layering of my card:

I almost always pop something up off the card front - the image and/or a sentiment. I love dimensionals!

You Rock!

Image & Sentiment: A•Muse Studios Rock Star set (page 54 in the catalog)
Ink: A•Muse Studios Ocean and Orange (page 85 in the catalog)
Cardstock: from my scrap file
Designer Paper: Piggy Tales Old King Cole Collection (double-sided)
Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet musical note brad and Studio 18 rhinestones

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Sheltering Tree

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was to see the UPS truck pull up to my house yesterday. I knew he was bringing my A•Muse Studio starter kit and I couldn't wait to dive into that box.

I must say, I wasn't disappointed. Every single item is incredible!

I just had to get inky!!!

I know I am supposed to say this, after all, I am an A•Muse Studio consultant, but really, TRULY, these cling stamps are awesome!!! They inked up so nicely and stamped beautifully! Perfect!!!

When I was finished stamping, I tried out my new A•Muse Studio Squeaky Clean Stamp Cleaner on my Double Scrubber and it smells so good and cleans beautifully, too! WOW! Loved that stuff!!!

I want to give you an idea of the dimension to my card. The A•Muse Studio trees are popped up off of the designer paper:

One last picture of the card I made:

Thanks for stopping by!

If you're interested in placing an order, remember my A•Muse Studio web store will go live on April 1. Of if you can't wait that long (I know the feeling because I have a HUGE wishlist of A•Muse Studio products, too), then send me an email and we can get your order processed that way. My email address is

Image & Sentiment: A•Muse Studios Woodland Friends set (page 38 in the catalog)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (page 103 in the catalog)
Papers: all of them are from my scrap file
Embellishment: A•Muse French Roast Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (page 94 in the catalog)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Have a Swinging Day!

I'm waiting, waiting.... waiting! Not too patiently, I might add. LOL! I keep watching for the UPS truck, even though the tracking information tells me not to expect my A•Muse Starter Kit until Friday. A girl can hope it arrives early, right?

I decided to try to make a swinging card (or sometimes called Flip Flop Card) using the only A•Muse sentiment stamp I currently own and some cute monkey designer paper. I'd never made one of these swinging cards before so googled to find a tutorial. Splitcoast Stampers has a tutorial, but it was a little too involved for me, so I searched elsewhere. I found an awesome scaled drawing at The Character Cafe and started to work. I've also linked the SCS tutorial, just in case you like all the detail involved there.

One thing I did discover about swinging cards... they are challenging to photograph. I'm sorry! There's just no good way to get a fantastic picture.

This is the front of the card:

I took the sentiment stamp and randomly stamped all over the prepared card base before folding it.

Swing the card open and this is what you see:



Have a swinging day!

Sentiment: A•Muse Swinging Day
Ink: Stampin' UP! Taken with Teal
Cardstock: from my scrap file
Designer Paper: Creative Imaginations
Embellishments: tiny brads

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Welcome to my New Adventure!

I'm so excited! Have you heard the BIG news???

A•Muse Studio is launching its home-based concept!

And I'm a brand new A•Muse Studio Creative Consultant!!!

Can you tell I'm excited?

I am currently stalking my mailman - waiting for my incredible starter kit to arrive so I can start to work.

For now, I've taken some initial steps in my new business venture.

For one thing, I started this brand new blog which will only feature things I create with A•Muse images, sentiments, and more. I'll also continue to maintain my current blog, which I thoroughly enjoy!

I also created my first card with an A•Muse stamp that I currently own.

A•Muse Tent image

There are so many wonderful products in the A•Muse Studio catalog - Cling stamps, inks, papers, Copic markers, Nestabilities, Big Shot, and oh so much more. Check it out!!!

Image: A•Muse Tent
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic markers
Papers: from my scrap file
Embellishments: buttons and hemp