Saturday, December 19, 2009

Mini Calendar

Guess I should have been putting up the tree with my DH today but instead I played. He very patiently got the tree ready and brought it in the house while I sat at my craft table and put together this little mini-calendar. Oh, it was such fun for me!!! As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be a hard thing for me to resist making one. I used some of my tiny A Muse stamps and the Bind-it-all 3/8 inch wire and stamped this little gem for someone special. Check out the A Muse News blog to find out how to get your hands on this little calendar. It makes the perfect stocking stuffer. Now, I must get back in the living room and help get the lights on the tree before I am in any more trouble.

Saturday, December 12, 2009


I love tags! They are easy, fun ways to make people smile. This month the A Muse News blog is featuring tags and I was thrilled to be able to participate. This snowman stamp is "cool" don't ya think? I did and I used this one stamp in three different ways. He comes juggling snowballs so the middle tag is using him the way he was intended to be used. I cut it off in my photo but there is a bit of ribbon attached to the left side of this tag. Makes it look so wintery and uses up tiny bits of leftover ribbon! The "especially for you" comes from the new Monogram Frames clear set. This set is really versatile and so much fun to use.

The tag on the left is made with the navy card stock. I inked up the snowman without the snowballs and used the Merry Christmas from the Elegant Winter clear set. This sentiment comes with both words on one line but part of the beauty of the clear sets is that you can cut them apart! I know! I cut the two words apart and voila! a Merry Christmas that fits perfectly between the outstretched hands of the snowman. A little Quickie glue pen and some glitter provides the snow drift background.

The tag on the right is made with the Coluzzle ornament plate. Again I inked up the just the snowman and added the little gift stamp for something for him to juggle. This tag is super simple, you could make a ton of these in just a small amount of time.

Be sure to check out the A Muse News blog for more tag ideas.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Anyone can play!

Last weekend my friend, Theresa asked me if anyone can play my Chicka Challenges or if it was only for Chickas. Of course I told her that the challenges Jane and I post on our blogs are open to anyone to play. So, get out your stamps and play along. It's fun!

The challenge this week is to use Santa in a card or project. So fitting, don't you think? Christmas is almost here and Santa plays his part so Jane and I thought it would be fun to see what everyone would do with him. If you don't have a Santa stamp feel free to use any other mythical creature stamp. Now, I don't even own a Santa stamp so I asked my friend, Lyndsay if I could borrow hers. This one is made by A Muse Artstamps as is the tree background and the Christmas tree. I wanted my Christmas tree to be out in the forest all decorated for the animals to enjoy. Not sure my little snowdrift is exactly what I wanted but I am hoping you get the idea. Have fun with this challenge and post when you get a chance, here or there!

Thank you to Victoria for playing along again this week. She always has such cute cards. Check it out!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

After the party

The Thanksgiving party is over and now the shopping begins! Did anyone find a great bargain out there on Friday? The Chickas tried to craft shop but the lines were long and our patience was thin so we will try again another day.

I was supposed to create with the other half of the Chicka challenge but seems that Jane is overwhelmed today so we are going to have to try another day. Hang in there Janie!!! I'm sending cyber hugs across town to you!!!

This week's challenge is thanks to my little brother, Dan. It is his birthday on Wednesday and he loves monkeys. I find a different monkey stamp each year to make his card. So, your challenge this week is to make a card with a monkey or any other cuddly animal. There are tons of fun animal stamps out there so bring one out and create something playful and fun. So post here or there after you make your masterpiece!

Thank you, as always, to all the wonderfully talented ladies who participated in last weeks challenge, Anthonette, Victoria and Glenda. I am always surprised at all the talent out there.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Quick one

This is going to have to be a quick post. I have so much to do to get ready for our Thanksgiving dinner and there is so little time. The Chicka challenge this week is super simple and has to do with Thanksgiving. Make a project or card that has to do with being thankful. Jane and I got together today and we each made our own little book to pass around the Thanksgiving table. Each person that comes to our Thanksgiving meal will get a page from our book and they will write down something they are thankful for. Then we are going to put all the pages together in a book. Jane and I made the covers and the backs today and will decorate the pages once everyone has written down their thoughts. What are you thankful for this year? I want to thank all the ladies that created something special for last weeks challenge, Jennie, Victoria and Tinla. Check out their entries and don't forget to leave a comment here or on there with your creation.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Chicka day!

Is it Chicka challenge day already? Where did the week go? I am going to get right to this weeks challenge. It's a good one. You see, stampers are almost always willing to share a great find. A new technique, embellishment or paper can find it's way around the stamping circuit simply by being passed from one stamper to another. Your challenge this week is to use something that was given to you. Maybe your mom or hubby gave you that special tool that makes your life easier or an embellishment that is your favorite color or maybe your friend showed you a new way of doing something. Make a card or project using that treasured gift or bit of advice and show it off!

I used this little plastic cup to make a fun shaker card. My fellow chicka, Jane gave it to me as I ooooed and ahhhhhed over it when she showed me that I could use it for M&Ms. She is such a special friend, that Jane. Don't forget to leave a comment and link us to your creation and tell us about the person that gave it to you.

Thank you so much to Victoria and Anthonette (first timer) who participated in last weeks challenge. It is always so fun to see what everyone creates each week.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Less is more?

My challenge card is really late this week because sometimes I need to remind myself that "less is more." My friend (Julie, HRR to most of you out there in stamping land) and I agree that the just one more thing syndrome is sometimes very compelling. You know, "this card looks good but it needs one more thing." Well I have been struggling to get this card just right all day until I heard Julie's voice saying, "don't do it, don't add one more thing!!!" So I didn't. This card is simple and monochromatic but I think I like it. You might think that the challenge this week is to make a monochromatic card but you would be wrong. The challenge is to ink up that stamp that has been hanging around your craft area. The stamp that hasn't seen ink since you brought it home. Use that stamp!!! I brought home a few new stamps on the shopping trip with my chicka Jane, you know the shopping trip back in August that gave birth to our chicka challenge, and haven't used them. It is such a shame to leave them in that box or on that shelf. Time to get that unused stamp out and give it a whirl. Let's see what happens when you put some ink on it and create. I got out a new stamp from A Muse's fall release. I just love every stamp they make and the new shimmer papers, well they are to die for. The patterned paper in my card is one of them. So sparkly and shimmery they are perfect! Check them out at your local stamp store or at You won't be sorry. Don't forget to leave a post here or there and show us your stuff. I also want to send big thank you to Victoria who took the challenge last week and got out that special paper.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

New Chicka

Who knew when Jane and I planned our little shopping trip that we would be able to come up with so many different challenges based on our purchases. This week's challenge might be a hard one for some of you. It was for me. We both bought a special fabric paper at one of the stores. I think you can see it better if you click on my photo. So the challenge for you is to get out one of those extra special papers you bought and haven't used and cut it! I know! Take a deep breath and cut that paper so you can create something beautiful! Make something special for yourself or a friend or relative and make sure to share it with all of us. It actually feels good to put that special something to good use.

Also want to send out a big thank you to all the gals who created a card with a zoo animal. It was really fun to see what Kerry, Victoria, Tinla and Armie came up with last week. Great work everyone!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Time for another Chicka Challenge! Thank you so much to Victoria for playing our candy challenge last week. Her candy project is really cute. Check it when you get a chance.

This weeks challenge is in honor of Ben's birthday. Ben is Jane's son and he just loves elephants. So this weeks challenge is to make a card using a zoo animal. Any zoo animal will do, lion, tiger, bear!!! Anything! I brought out my hippo stamp by A Muse. He is just too cute with the little birdie and the sentiment, well, I thought it fit. Not sure you can tell by my photo but I put a little glitter on the birch branch. IMHO cards look better with a little sparkle. I love what Jane did this week with the elephant stamp. She makes me smile when she uses A Muse images. Hooray, Janie!!!

Don't forget to leave a post with a link to your creation.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Candy, It's all about candy!

It's Chicka Challenge time again! Good thing I have these challenges otherwise I wouldn't have any posts because my life has been so busy lately. Hopefully it will settle down soon so I can get back to posting sneak peeks for all the A Muse new releases. This month's release was super classy. Monograms was the theme. Check out their website for all the new images.

Before we get to this week's challenge, I want to thank everyone that participated last week. Thank you Tinla, Kerry, Armie, Glenda, Kristie Lee, Victoria and Monica!!! You all did a great job with your sparkly cards. Our challenge this week is to make a card or other project with some kind of candy involved. Everyone loves candy and this time of year has us all thinking about our favorites. Jane made this super cute test tube holder for me and I wanted to post it so you could all see her craftyness!!! She is such a good friend. She made me something special and even used A Muse's Boris stamp, he's my boyfriend, you know... Shhhhh, don't tell Gary! I just love her color combination and her new pinking Nestabilities set. Perfect with Boris' hair, don't you think? Now get busy and make something special for your friend or maybe for yourself with a candy theme. Don't forget to post here or at Jane's blog so we can see what you made.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Chicka time!

It's Chicka time again! This is the 7th of our Chicka Challenges. First I would like to thank everyone who played last week. Armie, Victoria and Tinla all did a fabulous job with their Halloween cards.

This weeks challenge is to make a card using Stickles or anything sparkly. You see, I am a Stickles fan and while Jane and I were on our little shopping tour we found some colors I didn't have. I know! How can you be a fan of Stickles and not have all the colors? Soooo, I bought three new ones. I thought about making a lot of different colors on my stickled leaves but am moving to a more simple style so I went with just orange. Then I wondered what is better than just Stickles and added some orange glitter. Super sparkly!!! Now, don't be shy, play along this week and post your creation here or on Jane's blog.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Chicka Challenge #6

Who can guess what the Chicka Challenge is this week? Oh, yes! My FAVORITE cards to make are Halloween! That is your challenge this week. When Jane and I went on our little outing we both looked at some Halloween paper and didn't buy it. Then we both went back after we got home and picked some up. Guess we were on the same wave length, huh? So, get out your Halloween goodness and make a card just for fun. Don't forget to post here or on Jane's blog with your creation.

I also wanted to thank everyone who played last week. Kerry, Armie and Victoria all did a great job on what I would consider a difficult challenge.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Chicka Challenge #5

First let me send out a big thank you to everyone who participated in our challenge last week, Armie, Laura, Glenda, Victoria and Cindy. You all did a great job capturing the colors of Fall.

This weeks challenge has to do with guys. You see both Jane and I have family birthdays coming up, Jane's son has a birthday at the end of the month and my DH Gary's big day is on the 1st. Can't tell you how many times I have almost forgotten his birthday because it is on the 1st day of the month, but I am not going to forget this month because our challenge is to make a guy birthday card. You read that right, guy card!!!

I used the ice cream theme for my card because Gary LOVES ice cream. I don't mean he loves it, he L-O-V-E-S it! Eats it every day and of course, doesn't gain a pound. What goes with ice cream? Drippy goo! Got out my drippy goo punch, the ice cream truck stamp by A Muse and a little PJK Diner Food background paper and put together this card. I have to admit it isn't my favorite card and I was telling Jane today that my mojo has been missing for a while, and she said I needed some chicka juice. I gotta get that on my list. I have just been so super busy that I haven't had much creative time. Hopefully I can change all that and get the juices flowing again soon. So now, you get your juices going and make a guy card. Don't forget to post a link here so we can see what you come up with.

Friday, September 25, 2009


Look at all my loot! Fiskar's had another one of it's big warehouse sales. They had some really good stuff on sale this time. Lots of punches and tools that make my little hobby fun. I have made 3 trips so far and am thinking that I might go back tomorrow and see if there is anything new. The line of women waiting to get in on Thursday was about a block long and boy, was it worth the wait. They had tons of scrapbook type stuff and punches galore. Of course, there were a lot of scissors too.

Don't forget you still have a few more days to do the Chicka Challenge. Would love to see some more of your creations.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Holy Chicka!

I totally had my card ready to go today and then discovered, thanks to my partner in crime, Jane, that I made the wrong challenge. Talk about get your butt in gear girl! So had to start from scratch to get our challenge posted. I was supposed to use the K & Co paper we discovered at one of the stops we made on our little excursion but used some other fun paper that will be used on a future Chicka Challenge by mistake. So anyway, your challenge is to make a card using Fall colors. Easy, right?

Oh, I almost forgot to thank Kerry, Armie and Victoria for getting their stamp on for the Case a Chicka challenge. I just love saying the name of that challenge! Case a Chicka, Case a Chicka, Case a Chicka!!! Thanks girls for a great job!

Was flipping through my book when I spotted this fun piece of floral paper and thought of my A Muse wild blossom stamp. Looks kinda like one of the flowers in the paper, don't you think? Used my Stickles on the red flowers, not sure it shows up in my photo but I am all about using Stickles. Did you notice the new polka dot ribbon from A Muse? I have been chomping at the bit to make a card and use it. It comes in a bunch of colors so hop on over to your LSS and check it out. Don't have a store that carries it? Then take a peek at the A Muse Artstamps website.

Many thanks to my Chicka Challenge partner for putting me on the straight and narrow today. As always, make sure to check out her card here and post your entry in a comment to either of our blogs with a link to your card.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Case a Chicka

Woo hoo! It is time for Chicka Challenge #4! First I want to thank everyone who participated last week. Loved every one of the cards submitted for our challenge. Kerry, Jennie
, Victoria and Armie made creative and fun cards and fulfilled the requirement of using brads and ribbon on one card.

What's this weeks challenge and what does it have to do with Mexican food? Well, it doesn't have anything to do with quesadillas! It has to do with CASEing a card made by a friend or even by someone you don't know. Just make sure you post a link to their card or a photo, so Jane and I can see what inspired you. I got inspired by my friend, Lyndsay. Her card is on the right. She is a master at using layers and when she posted this card on her blog, well, I just wanted to make one of my own. Sometimes I just don't know how she comes up with the perfect combinations of colors but she always does. Now what are you waiting for? Find a card you want to CASE and let's see what you come up with. Don't forget to post a comment with a link to your card.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Challenge heaven

Many times I have wished I had time to do some of the fun challenges that are out there but it just hasn't happened. Well yesterday was the day! I managed to get three challenges into one card. Can't remember the last sketch challenge I was able to complete over on Tracy's blog. She has the best sketches and is celebrating her one year anniversary... that's right... sketch number 52 is posted over there. Check it out if you have a free minute this weekend. She has a prize if she gets 52 participants this week. Hurry though, you only have until Thursday to get in on the fun.

The second challenge I got in is the "no coloring" challenge on the A Muse lounge. Jennie's challenge always gets me thinking. This no coloring challenge was a doosey and I am so happy to be able to participate this month.

The last, but not least, is Glenda's challenge. Her challenge this week is a three color challenge. I needed to use purple, green and yellow. The purple and green part of the challenge was easy peasy but that yellow gave me fits. Always good to think out of the box and this challenge got me going. Why not play along yourself?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Brads and ribbon

I can't believe it is time for Chicka Challenge #3 already! We had 4 people take part in our distressing challenge, Armie, Glenda, Victoria and Jennie. Everyone did a great job so now we are on to challenge #3. This week's challenge is to make a card with ribbon and brads. You see, Jane and I bought a little package of ribbon brads made by Karen Foster. It is the cutest set of ribbon loops and matching brads. Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to make a card using BOTH ribbon and brads. I picked orange, green and purple to go with my vampire card. Also used another product I have never used before, Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels. I sprayed pink taffy and golden terra cotta on some white cardstock to get the shimmery orange paper behind my vampire. The shimmer is a little hard to see in my photo but just the name, Glimmer Mist, conjures up the way it looks IRL. Can't believe I am using so many new products these days. Usually I have to "save" new stuff to use later. Anyone else have that same affliction? Wanted the vampires coat to be super sparkly so I used plenty of black glitter and a Quickie glue pen for the perfect effect. Now, go ahead and give our latest challenge a try and post here or on Jane's blog and let the creativity flow!!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


And the winner is... KERRY! Jane and I picked our winners by a random drawing so Kerry please email me your address and I will send out your goodies! Thank you to everyone who participated in our first ever Chicka Challenge!!! Your cards were all great and it was fun to see how others interpreted our challenge. Don't forget to stop over at Jane's blog and see who won her blog candy.

Now on to Chicka Challenge #2. When Jane and I were on our little "getaway" we found some crackle paints by Ranger. We thought it would be fun to give them a try so we each bought 2 different colors. Now, you don't have to run out and buy these paints to participate this week. Our challenge is to make a card or any other paper related project, using any distress technique. Easy, right?

I made my card using the purple crackle paint and distressed it by sponging Memento Rich Cocoa ink right on top of my purple paint after it dried. It is hard to see what effect this gives in my photo but if you click on the photo it shows up a little better. The truck stamp I used is part of A Muse's new Halloween release which should be at your LSS right now. Stop in and check out the new images. You won't be disappointed. I also used the new Slate and Paprika card stock from A Muse and distressed it by sponging the edges of the paprika and white paper using the Memento Rich Cocoa ink. The candy corn falling out of the back of my truck is paper pieced using orange gingham paper. Got this idea on Heather's blog. You see, Heather is into Halloween in a big way and she has the BEST ideas on making all kinds of Halloween goodness. Check her blog often to find out what she is up to next.

Okay, now it is your turn to give this "distressing" challenge a try. Please post here or to Jane's blog by next Monday night and stay tuned to see what we have planned for Chicka Challenge #3.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Chicka Challenge #1

Welcome to the very first Chicka Challenge! There is no end to the things you can do on a road trip with your stamping buddy, mine calls me Chicka, hence the title of our weekly challenge. We came up with this crazy idea, "Let's do a challenge on our blogs every Tuesday and use the things we bought on our trip". Face it, how many times have you gone craft shopping and then put that cool new paper in a folder and forgot all about it? We challenge you to find that treasure you were saving for a rainy day and use it! Anyone can play along with us and share ideas and fun.

The "rules" are simple,

1. Complete the challenge and upload to either your blog or online gallery.

2. In your post or write up, you must include a link to both of the original Chicka's blogs
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3. Leave a comment on either of our blogs (on the Chicka challenge #1 post) that includes your name and a link to your project.

Easy peasy!!!

So today is day #1 in our challenge journey and what could be better than blog candy!?!
The above photo is what I am offering. Check out Jane's blog for some more free goodies.

This weeks challenge is easy. See this great black and white salt and pepper paper by Theresa Collins? That is what we bought. Your challenge is to follow the black and white theme and create a food related card. Easy and yummy! Feel free to pass along our new challenge to your circle of friends and invite them to play.

My card is created in the simple, A Muse style. I used the clear Baking Set from A Muse Artstamps for the apron and my scallop Nestabilities circle. The scalloped ribbon is another part of what Jane and I bought on our little trip. Add the Got Milk? sentiment and you have the beginnings of a great batch of cookies. Couldn't resist putting some star dust Stickles on the apron pocket for a little sparkle.

Now, put on your creative hat and get busy and make that card! We are waiting to see what you come up with.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

More balloons

I have one more balloon card for you today. I used crystal effects on the balloons this time to show the fun shiny effect they make on the balloons. The new Mandy's World stamps from A Muse are super cute and I am having a lot of fun making birthday cards for my nieces.

I am late on my post this week because my friend Jane and I were going to start something new last Thursday but we decided to switch it to Tuesdays. You see, we went on a road trip to Eau Claire, WI a week ago and while we were driving along we came up with a fun idea for challenges. Tuesday will be the first day of our brand new "Chicka Challenge" Each Tuesday we will come up with a challenge for anyone who wants to participate and to kick it off we are offering blog candy! Yes, you read that right, blog candy on two blogs!!! Make sure you check our blogs on Tuesday and see what all the excitement is about.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Spider web

How about another Halloween card? I sure have been in the mood lately for a little Halloween. Seems like it is so far away but it is a holiday that has so many fun images I can't wait to play with them. Not too many people actually send cards for Halloween but I sure like making them. Maybe we could start a new trend and send someone you know a surprise card in the mail. Bet anyone would love to receive a hand made card in their mailbox along with all the bills. Tried out my new MS web punches for this one, there is one for the corners and one for the edges. Put them together and you get a great little frame for your images. Also broke out the googly eyes, "Hi Lyndsay" (she is the googly eye queen), for my little spider. I just love that new gingham paper for my background. Also put lots of black glitter on the vampires coat. Makes it nice and sparkly!!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

New punch

Happy Halloween! Oh, wait, Halloween isn't here yet. Couldn't wait to use my new tombstone punch another minute. Paired it with the drippy goo punch to give my vampire a nice little place to call home. I seem to have punch fever and used a circle punch for the moon and punched out my vampire using my long scallop rectangle set from Nestabilities. There has got to be more ways to use all these fun punches so keep an eye on my blog to see what I can come up with next.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Can you stand another holiday card? I was playing with the new floral snowflake stamp from A Muse and had a Stickles party. Everything that sparkles in the stamped image are stickles. Just love those darn things! Put some of the Doodlebug sugared paper in purple behind the snowflake and you have a sparkly good card! I used my snowflake cuttlebug embossing folder for a little background.

I also have to thank Kerry for the blog award she sent me. She is such a great stamper herself and I feel really special that she thought of me for this award. Check out her blog and find some really great card ideas. Thank you so much, Kerry!

Sunday, August 9, 2009


My friend, Heather, took this photo and I thought the colors were so beautiful I wanted to make a card. Love how inspiration hits me. See a photo of beautiful flowers = make card. Anyway, she is a great photographer and when I asked her if I could use her photo on my blog to show what inspired me, she promptly sent me a copy. I love her generosity and spirit. Thank you so much, Heather. Hope you enjoy the cards I made.

I couldn't decide on just one color combination and found myself trying a lot of different combinations. I used my Doodlebug assorted glitter pack to fill in the sentiment to match the other colors on the card. I have a favorite combination and it isn't the one I thought I would love. Which one do you like?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Today is the last day of the amuse-bouche and I rushed home from our 3 day trip to Door County to finish this card. Really wanted to give the feel of a pink curtain for my little Rockin' girl. She needs to be on stage with all the attention on her. Made the curtain with my scallop scallop punch from Martha Stewart. I stamped just the word Rockstar from the new stamp, Party like a Rockstar!, for a super personalized effect. Used my Scor-pal to scor in between each scallop and then folded it accordian style. Made my stage with some of the new woodgrain paper and my circle punch. My pink Spica marker gives her boots and shirt a super sparkly look, fit for a real rockstar. Hope you had a chance to check out the other A Muse instructor's blogs for some more rockin' cards. All the new stamps are live on the A Muse website so take a look there to pick out your favorites.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Up, up and away...

I think balloon girl has too many balloons. She is floating up into the wild blue yonder. This new stamp from A Muse comes with just 3 balloons but when I decided she would look good floating up in the sky, I stamped lots more. I had to bring out my stamp-a-ma-jig for this card. Usually I don't use it but this was getting out of hand and I didn't want to waste paper. I also cut out some of the balloons to give this card more dimension. I will add a photo so you can see this effect more clearly. I really wanted to put some crystal effects on the balloons but I was worried that it would weigh Mandy down!!! Okay, now go check out the other A Muse instructor's blogs and see what else is new in Mandy's world.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

School memories

Remember your school memories board? You put all your friends photos and memories of the school year on it. When I saw the wood frame stamp from A Muse's new back to school release I knew that a memory board was what I would make with it. I found this cork paper at a store near me and knew it would work perfectly with my card. Cut thin strips of the new papaya paper to use for ribbon and then clear twinkle stickers made my project complete. Thanks for stopping in on my blog and make sure to check out the other A Muse instructor's blogs for more amusingly fun cards!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Mandy's World

Today is day 2 of the amuse-bouche and I am so happy to show you the new Mermaid stamp in Mandy's World. These stamps are so darn cute! Can't wait to play with every one of them. I thought my mermaid would be best suited for the bottom of the sea. A little yellow glitter in her hair gives this card just the right amount of sparkle! Look around and see what the other instructors have created on their blogs for this new Mandy's World release.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Back to school

Here we are again, day 1 of the Back to School amuse-bouche. It is always so hard to pick out your backpack each year for school. What color should I get? What style is best for me? There are so many choices! My card today is showing my ideas of some fun backpacks for the kids to show off to their friends. If you are making a card for your child you could color the new backpack stamp to match theirs or maybe you want to use their school colors for the older kids. There are so many options with this stamp it is a "must have" for your childs back to school card. Did you notice the new paper colors, blueberry and papaya? Make sure to check out other A Muse instructors blogs for some other amuse-bouche.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Something different

Couldn't help posting this photo of my gorgeous blue hydrangea. I have been wanting a hydrangea bush for so long and finally, I have some beautiful blooms. Love looking out my window every day. Taking a little break from making cards but never fear, I will get back at it soon. Hope everyone in the PNW is staying cool. I am thinking of you all while I enjoy our unseasonably cool weather here.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Flower soft

I have been playing with my Flower Soft lately. This stuff is really fun to play with. You just put some glue on your card and sprinkle on some Flower Soft. It is that simple. I have been trying it with a lot of different A Muse stamps and have been pleased every time. Make a trip to your LSS and pick up a pot and have Flower Soft play day!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Pink and green

A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA is over for another year but I wanted to share one more card from my class. Really love the classic Season's Greetings stamp and thought it would work with unconventional pink and green colors which, to me, are a bit retro. Add some pink twinkle stickers and you have a sparkly, simple card. I had a great time with all the gals that came to class and hope everyone enjoys their new holiday stamps, even though it is only July.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Snowball fight!

I could hardly wait till today to share this card with you! We are making this card at my A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA class tonight and I think it is my favorite. I just had to stamp the snow fort upside down and make it a snowball fight fort. Those fluffy snowballs, I used liquid applique on them, are ready for the squirrel to throw at anyone who dares to pass by. He is pretending to give you a gift and then "bam" a face full of snow!!! Used my blue vintage reverse paper for the snowy backdrop and the new cranberry paper for the card. Lovin' that new cranberry paper!!! Who wants to get in on the fun and have a snowball fight with me? Don't forget to check out the other instructors blogs for some more AMAP fun!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Elegant Holiday

Wow, is it day three of the amuse-bouche already? I am getting super excited because my class is tomorrow!!!! We are going to have so much fun stamping and talking. Will have my biggest group yet and can't wait to show them all my designs. The wreath and berries is one of my favorite new stamps. I decided to stamp it in versamark and emboss it in gold then color the leaves a couple different colors of green. Since I embossed the wreath I couldn't stamp the berries so I used liquid pearls. I used my nestabilities labels two set and rotated the white piece to get make it look more like a frame. Gonna go look around at the other instructors blogs and see what they came up with today. You should too!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Isn't that little penguin cute sitting there with his fishing stick? Day 2 of the amuse-bouche and I am here with my ice fishing stamp from A Muse. I just love that cute little penguin sitting on his hunk of ice waiting for an unsuspecting fish to come along. I used the blueberry kitchen card for this one because I thought it looked like it was snowing. Also wanted to use my new Fiskars wave edge punch for a nice little pond for Mr. Penguin to fish in. Make sure you check out all the A Muse instructor blogs for more sneaky fun!

Monday, July 13, 2009

A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA amuse-bouche

Hooray! Today is day one of the amuse-bouche for the new holiday release from A Muse. I am so happy to share my card using the cardinal silhoutte stamp and the brand new cranberry paper. Love this new red so much. I inked up my stamp using memento rich cocoa on the branch and then the cardinal I inked with my versa mark. It is a little hard to see on this photo but I sprinkled my new Ranger red embossing tinsel on the cardinal and hit it with my heat gun and you get a sparkly red bird!!! I knew I would be using this on some of my holiday cards because who doesn't like sparkle for the holidays? Speaking of sparkle, I used two pieces of the white doodlebug sugar paper for a little more zip. Be sure to check out the other instructors blogs for more A Muse goodness!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


The word of the week on the A Muse blog this week is "spot". A couple weeks ago I was talking with my friend, Jane, and she told me about this very interesting new technique that uses Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers. You get the paint running on the top of the dabber and then spray it with water and slam it on to your paper so it sprays the paint a bit. Had to practice this before I got the hang of it but once I did I found it was really fun. Thanks Jane for a great idea!!! A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA starts this Friday so make plans to stop in at your closest participating store and take a peek at the new holiday release from A Muse. While you are there, take advantage of all the special events each store has planned. I will be at the Stamp Shoppe in Schofield, WI with my gift tags on Saturday, July 11th from 1-3. See you there!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


My nephews birthday is coming up real soon and I wanted to make him a special card so I got out my robot boy and tried to make him look like he was floating around in space. Hope Will has a great 9th birthday and a summer filled with fun!

Wish I could show you the reason my posts have been few and far between these days. Working on A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA!!! The holiday stamps will be released soon and I am super excited to show you some of my cards. Seems like I have been in the holiday spirit lately and been cranking out the samples for my upcoming classes. Check out the left side of my blog for a current list and sign up if you can. I promise it will be a stampin' good time!!!