Monday, March 30, 2009

Paper Piecing

When my new Juliette papers arrived from A Muse. I decided to try my hand at paper piecing. I love the clear trees sets from A Muse and wanted to create something with one of them. There are two different sets and they both have such fun images of trees. Settled on Trees II set and went to work. I used the little bird on the new stamp Blossom Bbranch with Bird stamp from the new Love Blooms release on the tree and then the other bird is one of the birds on the Birds stamp. The fence is the MS fence punch. It is a simple card but at A Muse, simple is good.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Lunch with Kamila

Happy day today! I had lunch with a fellow A Muse instructor, Kamila, who lives in our state capitol, Madison, WI. We met up at her store in Madison, Scrapbook Superstore, and after I looked around and spent the wad, we went to lunch at Panara Bread. It was really great to see her again, I haven't seen her since the IT weekend in Seattle where I was the "navigator" and she was the driver. What fun we had trying to navigate the streets of Seattle. Took me a while to figure out where we were on the map, but after that it was smooth sailing, right Liz? OK, sorry about that inside joke. Anyway, Kamila and I had a great time talking about all things A Muse and our families and business in general. I wish I had gotten my camera out to take a photo of us in front of her store but she had to zip off because she had a class to teach. Thanks for taking time to meet me on a Saturday, Kamila, it was fun to see you again!

Took this photo of our capitol building as the sun was setting. I feel so patriotic whenever I visit Madison and can't resist taking just one more photo of that capitol building.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


I am always up for a challenge. Glenda has one this week that was really hard for me. You need to use at least two different patterned papers on your card. My brain doesn't function like that but my friend Jane will have a field day with this one. Jane and I decided to do Glenda's challenges each week and this one is perfect for her. I think Glenda got her inspiration from her for this one. This is Jane's blog if you want to stop by and get inspired yourself. She has 5 kids and I have no idea how she gets time for creativity but she does and leaves me wondering where she gets all her energy.

Monday, March 23, 2009


The challenge on Tracy's blog provided me with an opportunity to make a card for my brother. You see, his dog of 17 years passed away recently and I have been wanting to make a card to let my brother know how sorry I am at his loss. Willie was a great dog. My brother and his family all loved that dog so much. He would bark at everything and anything and I bet it drove his neighbors crazy!

I finally bought the doghouse stamp from A Muse and got to work on this card. Couldn't resist putting a little MS fence in front of it and a little bone with Willie's name so there is no mistake at just who's house that is. I added the soft, fur-like ribbon because it reminded me of his soft fur and how much fun it was to pet him. So long, Willie, we all miss you so much.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Good idea, gone bad

I had an idea about the Wild Blossom stamp as soon as I saw it. Looked like a bouquet of flowers. How can I put that on a card? Well I tried a bunch of different things but the best I could do was to put tissue paper around it and add some ribbon. Doesn't look so hot but I decided to post it anyway because maybe someone out there, who is more creative than me, can figure out a way to make this look better. Hope you are enjoying all the amuse-bouche that you have been seeing over the last few days.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Another amuse-bouche

Can't stop myself with the new floral release by A Muse Artstamps. They are so versatile! Used the new Open Zinnia for the background and then stamped the Solid Zinnia in bright red for the flower. All you need then is a little ribbon and a stem and you have a card you can use for any occasion, birthday, friend, Mother's Day or a nice thank you card. I used a little Star Dust Stickles on the flower to give it a little sparkle. Can you ever have enough sparkle? Now, off you go to see some other amuse-bouche.

Friday, March 20, 2009


Today is the first day of the amuse-bouche (sneak peeks). How many have you found so far? Aren't these new stamps the best? This card actually looks much better IRL. I used my pearlescent Pebbles chalk on the sky and it really looks sparkly. My DH said that this was my best card yet! Can you imagine? I used 2 new A Muse stamps and the card is a new color. Now get out there and search the other A Muse design team blogs for some more inspiration. Have fun! Think simple, Think A Muse.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

My friend, Karen

This card is for my friend, Karen. A couple weeks ago she gave me a really pretty pink hyacinth in a double green bucket. It is beautiful and it makes my kitchen smell great. Every time I go to my kitchen I think about her and what a great friend she is. She is always thinking of others and doing what she can to cheer them up. I love talking to her and sharing our lives. She doesn't judge me or try to compete with me, she is just there to listen and give me hope, even in this economy, and even though she is going through some stuff herself. So I made this card with her, and that beautiful hyacinth that continues to grow in my kitchen, in mind.

Glenda's challenge was really simple this week. Use a tool that you haven't used in a while. I thought of my wavy crimping tool. Haven't used that in forever. I also wanted to try the hot pink and orange color combination, threw a little purple in there for good measure. Not sure if you remember but a while ago Glenda had a challenge on her blog to make a card without a sentiment. I bugged her to do that challenge and then I didn't participate. Well, Glenda, I finally got it done on this weeks challenge. Didn't think I needed a sentiment on this card, so I didn't use one.

How do you like this one, Jane? Think simple, think A Muse.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


I am a little behind this week but wanted to get my sketch challenge up. Hop on over to Tracy's blog and give it a try yourself. She always has lots of creative players, especially my friend, Cindy. Hi Cindy! Really love my new chick stamp from DeNami Designs. She is so cute and looks like she is ready to shop. I used pink stickles on her bow, purse and shoes but you can't see them too well in my photo. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Special birthday

Here she is! My baby girl! Happy Birthday, Kelly! It was 12:15 pm, not too many years ago, that I first laid eyes on my beautiful daughter. I believed at the time that it was a miracle and still do. Life is so precious and precarious, all at the same time but today, I wish my sweet daughter a wonderful day and a year filled with joy, curiosity and fun.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Black card

Look at me go! Glenda posted her A Musing challenge on Monday and it is only Wednesday and I have mine finished. The challenge this week was to make a monochromatic card in your least favorite color. I looked and looked and figured out that I love all colors especially purple! Geeta and I could bond over our mutual love of the color purple. I usually just use black as an accent so I thought I would give it a try and make a black card. Guess this card would work for a guy's birthday. You know, not to putzy or frilly. What do you think?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The same, but different

Got a chance to work on cards for Tracy's sketch challenge and came up with a couple cards that look similar. The first card is pretty straight forward but the second card, I thought what looks like a scallop edge but isn't a scallop edge? A flower. My friend Cindy and I are working on this challenge this week so I can't wait to see what she creates. Will post here when she gets her idea/s posted. Thank you Tracy for another fun sketch!!! Hope your Mom is feeling better every day!!!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Another card?

Holy challenge! Got Glenda's challenge finished and it isn't even the last possible minute. This creative streak has to end... or not. Glenda's challenge this week is to make a card with curves. Just got the new EK Success scallop scallop punch, yes, it is a scallop scallop. What could be more curvy? I have a friend who's nickname is punch head. She loves all punches and loves punching with any punch. What a nut! Also used a curvy scallop heart punch. Curves are everywhere. Go over to her blog and give her challenge a try.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Card making frenzy

I made this for Tracy's sketch challenge. This week we could pick our favorite sketch. Music to my ears, I get to choose!!! Loved the sketch #24 so I came up with this idea. How about I use the new MS chick border punch, backwards? I took the part that fell away as I punched and used it for my chick line at the bottom of the page. Then I used my shimmer chalks to "color" in the background of the little chick stamp. Thank you Tracy for another fun challenge.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

For jenn

Hey jenn! This one's for you! Wanted to participate in Glenda's challenge to use ribbon, hardware and a new punch on a card and thought since I bought the flip flop punch last week, I need to make a card for jenn. She needs it! You see, she has had to wear shoes for the longest time and is lamenting the loss of her flip flops. Hopefully the snow she just got will melt quickly and she will get them out again and set her feet free!!!

Had a really busy card making day yesterday so will be posting the fruits of my labor during the week. Even had time to do Tracy's sketch challenge! I really miss doing the challenges when I get super busy. Give them a try when you have a little extra time. It is always fun and inspiring to see what every one creates.

Monday, March 2, 2009


Finally have time to work on some of the challenges out there. I just joined a stamp club at my LSS, The Stamp Shoppe and they have 2 challenges each month. This card is for the sketch challenge. It is always lots of fun to do sketch challenges for me. There is just something about them. I usually just pick a stamp and try to make it work and this time, I think it did. Enjoy!