Friday, January 23, 2015

KISS Stitched Rainbow Cards

When was that last time you created a card using only stamps & ink? I can't think of the last time I tried to keep it simple, so when I heard that the monthly A Muse Studio Consultant challenge was to KISS-- keep it simple and create a card using only stamps & inks- no dies, embellishments, etc. I jump in.

Here's my first attempt...
Products used on card: Stamps (Chevrons & Birthdays Inside & Out); Inks (apple, orange, berry, saffron, lime & violeta); Cardstock (sugar).
I like it but it wasn't exactly what I was going for. So after several attempts I created this one to give to my oldest daughter for Valentine's Day...
Products used on card: Stamps (Mad for Plaids & You're My Fav sentiments); Inks (apple, orange, saffron, lime & violeta)
And this one (because the control freak in me couldn't decide is I like the randomness of the stitched stamping on the card above)...
Products used on card: same as above
... which one do you prefer?

**To purchase A Muse Studio products used these cards, click HERE**

Thursday, January 22, 2015

PASSION - only $49!!

The number one reason that Consultants join our team is PASSION! It is the whole reason I joined A Muse Studio this year. I am passionate about A Muse Studio products and love to share that passion through my creativity with my friends, family and customers! And I'm sure you would love it as much as I do! With the introduction of our new Monthly Collections, there's even more to love... every month!  
During the months of January & February, prospective Consultants can join for only $49 and receive two free stamp sets from the January Collection with the purchase of our Basic Starter Kit. They can also choose to purchase a Deluxe Starter Kit for only $99 (which includes over $350 in value!) and also receive two free stamp sets from the January Collection.  This is a opportunity that should not be missed!
$49 Basic Kit includes:
* Exclusive Sampler Stamp Sets (3)
* Paper Swatch Ring
* 2014-2015 Catalog & Inspiration Guides (4)
* Let's Get Crafty Invitation Postcards (50)
* Workshop Hostess Planners (5)
* Consultant Guide to Success
* Consultant Handbook
* Customer Order Forms
* Hostess Order Forms (5)
PLUS two January Collection Stamp Sets
The Deluxe Kit includes everything a new Consultant needs to start having Workshops the day they receive their kit (featuring the 2014-2015 Catalog Ready To Roll Workshop A). A new Consultant can easily earn back the cost of the Deluxe Starter Kit by holding just ONE average Workshop. An average Workshop will earn her $125 in commission plus an additional $40 in A Muse Studio product credit during her Fast Forward period (first 90 days). Pretty FABULOUS, right?! 
$99 Deluxe Kit includes:
* The Basic Starter Kit plus 4 extra 2014-2015 Catalog & Inspiration Guides
* A Muse Studio Pigment Ink Pads - Sky, Orange, Grass, Sage, Buttercup, French Roast, Seattle, Grapefruit, Currant, Fern
* Black Memento Ink Pad
* COPIC Original Markers - BG10 Cool Shadow, E21 Baby Skin Pink, YR07 Cadmium Orange, E33 Sand
* Cardstock Starter Pack
* Clear blocks - 1.5" square, 2.25" square, 4" square, 2" x 6"
* Baker's Twine - French Roast
* Sequins - Orange
* Twinkle Stickers - Orange Dots, Clear, Mini dots, Mini stars & Hearts
* Pearl Stickers - Onyx, Shell, Sky, Latte
* Ribbon - Sheer Organdy Lime, Satin Poppy, Sheer Polka Dot Eucalyptus, Grosgrain Stitch Shell, 7/8" Twill French Roast
* Buttons - Pumpkin
* Adhesives - Mini glue dots, Tombow Dots Roller, 3-D Foam
* Tools - Bone Folder & Angled Tweezers
Please note: Fabulous Marketing Materials are heavy and expensive to ship. There will be an additional $5 shipping charge for the Basic Starter Kit for a total shipping charge of $11.95. There will be an additional $18 shipping charge for the Deluxe Starter Kit for a total shipping charge of $28.95. 
A New Year! A New Business Opportunity! Say YES!
To join, click HERE.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Owl Love You Forever

Hello! How was your weekend friends? I've been busy, busy working on getting my workshops ready for the year (my #1 creative goal for 2015 is to host a workshop every month in my home). Well... January's has nearly slipped away, but I think I can squeeze 2 in February. What are your crafty goals?

I'm also excited to be working on February's free Scrapinar over at Layout a Day. More information will be forthcoming about my class... right now all I can tell you is that it will involve something that I used on the project that I'm about to share with you today. Can you take a guess at what my class will be about?

So on to my crafty share for the day. I wanted to create a Valentine's Day tag from a non Valentine's Day stamp set, so I chose A Muse Studio's Owl's Well set which is typically a birthday set.
A Muse Studio Products used on tag: Stamps (Owl's Well & Mini Blooms); Dies (January Collection Fishtail Stitched Tag & Mini Blooms Coordinating Dies); Inks (violeta, berry lime & blush); Copics (E37 Sepia); watercolor (Peerless Watercolor Sheets); cardstock (sugar); twine January Collection metallic gold & natural twine); glitter (diamond);  twinkle stickers (heart)
To create this tag:
1) If you like to cut out dies individually after stamping images  (like me) then cut apart dies using jewelry nippers. This tool will easily cut apart metal dies without injuring you or your scissors. If you use these metal dies often, it is worth the investment:)
2) Play around with watercolor, creating skyline effect on white cardstock. Allow paper to dry. Select best spot from paper and cut tag with die. 
3) Stamp branch image and color. I colored the branch with a Copic marker, but didn't have the color I desired for the leaves in a marker, so I used my lime ink pad and a wet brush to color the leaves. 
4) Stamp & die cut mini blooms. Stamp and color owl. Add glitter to belly of owl by using quickie glue pen and diamond glitter. Fussy cut owl and adhere all images to tag.
5) Die cut, color and add hole reinforcer to tag. Stamp, make and adhere sentiment tag.
6) Finish tag with gold metallic twine and heart jewel.

***Don't forget that the items from A Muse Studio's January collection-- the stitched fishtail tag die and the gold metallic twine is only available until February 14th! You can order online HERE.***

Monday, January 12, 2015

Love Bug

Just jumping on real quick to share another card created with my new A Muse Studio My Punny Valentine Stamp Set & coordinating dies.  I just love creating fun & cute cards & my kids love getting them so bear with me...
To create this card: 
1) stamp and die cut lady bugs 
2) color images with Copic Markers (W2, 110 Special Black, R 81, Y17, B29, R27, RV04, RV21) and glitter with A Muse Studio diamond glitter 
3) create card that measures 4 1/4" x 5". Remove bottom portion of face of card using Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders die and replace with as Blush cardstock. Adhere lady bug dies along curve of white cardstock.
4) stamp sentiment and round corners with a corner chomper

That's all I have for today. I'm off to make dinner and then hit our school's monthly PTO meeting. Be sure to stop back later this week as I share a quick tutorial on how to separate all of those metal craft dies without ruining your scissors. It took me a few tries, but I think I've found the best solution- looking forward to sharing it with you soon!

Thursday, January 08, 2015

My Punny Valentine Tag Trio

Hello, hello! I finally finished up this cute set of Valentine's Day cards that I created with a tag die and the new My Punny Valentine stamp set from A Muse Studio. I can't wait to show them to you... they are so fun. Sad that it took me so many days to finished them up, but crafting isn't about the race to me... it's the process & I LOVED making these!

I'm defiantly giving this one to one of my kids (most likely Hadley since she's my pizza lover)! I stamped and die cut the pizza, colored him with Copic markers and then added diamond glitter to the pepperoni and crystal clear glaze to the cheese.

Here's a few close ups of the others...
 
On these two I used the stardust finishing spray to add a little shine to my colored pieces. Its hard to see in the photo, but a few specs are visible on the olives. If you like subtle shine, its a great product!

So here's the fun part about these guys... making mini cards out of a tag die. Want to see how to do it?

To make it you simply fold your card stock, like you are making a card. Place your die so that the top is overhanging the folded edge. Tape your die down with some wash tape (so it can be removed easily), run it through your die cutting machine & you have a tag-- that is actually a mini card. Cute huh?
 

So if you like the My Punny Valentine Stamps (be sure to click over & see the whole set!) or this tag die with the darling stitching around the outside edge you can get them from A Muse Studio through February 14th. 

If you are in the Cincinnati area, we'll be making these at a workshop soon- stay tuned! If you'd like to host a Valentine's Day card making workshop in you home, email me at windyrobinson@gmail.com.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

A Muse Studio January Collection

Hi crafty friends! Happy New Year to you all!  I hope that the birth of this new year is productive, healthful and full of love for you all.

I've been crafting with the new Monthly Collections from A Muse Studio the past couple of days and I am excited to be able to share January's collection with you. Every month, we'll be introducing a collection of new products that will only be available for one month. You can hop on over to my shop and check it out HERE.

The January 2015 Collection includes four fun stamp sets that I think you are going to love! I know I'll be making treats for my daughter's teachers and their valentines with the new My Punny Valentine stamp set and matching die set. It is so cute!

While you are over at the A Muse Studio Shop, check out a few of my other favorites from the new collection: 

AS Large Fishtail Stitched Tag
Gold Metallic and Natural Twine
Gold Heart Stickers 
Beatrice & Woodsley Cardstock Collection

I can't wait to head back up to my craft desk tonight and finish up what I've been working on so I can share it here with you! Share with you soon!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Joining A Muse Studio has never been easier... Here's the scoop!

Through the end of December, new Consultants can choose the kit that best fits their needs to launch their A Muse Studio business. The Basic Starter Kit, priced at only $29, is a low-cost option that is great for new Consultants that already own some A Muse Studio products. The Deluxe Starter kit, available for only $99, is an AMAZING product-filled kit that includes over $249 in product. The Deluxe Kit includes everything a new Consultant needs to start having Workshops the day they receive their kit (featuring the 2014-2015 Catalog Ready To Roll Workshop A).
A new Consultant can easily earn back the cost of the Deluxe Starter Kit by holding just ONE average Workshop. An average Workshop will earn her $125 in commission plus an additional $40 in A Muse Studio product credit during her Fast Forward period (first 90 days). Pretty FABULOUS, right?! 
$29 Basic Kit includes:
* Consultant Guide to Success
* Exclusive Sampler Stamp Sets (3)
* Paper Swatch Ring
* 2014-2015 Catalog & Inspiration Guides (4)
* 2014 Holiday Catalog & Inspiration Guides (4)
* Let's Get Crafty Invitation Postcards (50)
* Workshop Hostess Planners (5)
* Consultant Handbook
* Customer Order Forms
* Hostess Order Forms (5)
$99 Deluxe Kit includes:
* The Basic Starter Kit plus 4 extra 2014-2015 Catalog & Inspiration Guides
*  A Muse Studio Pigment Ink Pads - Sky, Orange, Grass, Sage, Buttercup, French Roast, Seattle, Grapefruit, Currant, Fern
*  Black Memento Ink Pad
*  COPIC Original Markers - BG10 Cool Shadow, E21 Baby Skin Pink, YR07 Cadmium Orange, E33 Sand
*  Cardstock Starter Pack
*  Clear blocks - 1.5" square, 2.25" square, 4" square, 2" x 6"
*  Baker's Twine - French Roast
*  Sequins - Orange
*  Twinkle Stickers - Orange Dots, Clear, Mini dots, Mini stars & Hearts
*  Pearl Stickers - Onyx, Shell, Sky, Latte
*  Ribbon - Sheer Organdy Lime, Satin Poppy, Sheer Polka Dot Eucalyptus, Grosgrain Stitch Shell, 7/8" Twill French Roast
*  Buttons - Pumpkin
*  Adhesives - Mini glue dots, Tombow Dots Roller, 3-D Foam
*  Tools - Bone Folder & Angled Tweezers
Please note: Fabulous Marketing Materials are heavy and expensive to ship. There will be an additional $5 shipping charge for the Basic Starter Kit for a total shipping charge of $11.95. There will be an additional $18 shipping charge for the Deluxe Starter Kit for a total shipping charge of $28.95.
Interested? Email me at windyrobinson@gmail.com for more information.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Zva Creative October Design Team Blog Hop!

Hello friends! Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcome you to our October blog hop!  Thank you for joining us today and we hope you enjoy all that we have created to share.
The hop begins at Zva Creative’s Facebook page.! Be sure head on over to check it out! You will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way). 
As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals.  If you like what you see along the hop you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.
Sadly, this will be my last month working with Zva Creative. It has been a fabulous four years and it is such a wonderful company to have worked for-- such good people and the highest quality product. So I wanted to share One of my favorite projects that I've created over the years- a journal that I made for the last CHA show that I attended. I just love that bling can go on anything!

If you would like to play along with our design team, just follow along the blog path.  I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!
The Blog Hop starts today, October 27th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, October 28th.
***Prizes***
Hidden on FIVE of the blogs along the way is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over. All you need to do is leave a comment on one post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win. 
The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 28th on Zva Creative’s Facebook page. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to Zva’s page on Wednesday to see if you are a winner!
Wee hope you have enjoyed our hop this month. Thank you for joining us!  


Monday, September 29, 2014


Zva Creative September DT Blog Hop!

Hello friends! Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcome you to our September blog hop!  Thank you for joining us today and we hope you enjoy all that we have created to share.
The hop begins at Zva Creative’s blog! Be sure head on over to check it out! You will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way). 
As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals.  If you like what you see along the hop you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.

If you would like to play along with our design team, just follow along the blog path.  I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!
The Blog Hop starts today, September 28th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, September 29th.
***Prizes***
Hidden on FIVE of the blogs along the way is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over. All you need to do is leave a comment on one post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win. 
The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, September 30th on Zva Creative’s Facebook page. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to Zva’s page on Wednesday to see if you are a winner!
You have reached the end of this month's hop & we thank you so much for joining us! If you happened to miss the start of the hop you can catch it at the blog of Nicole Martel Enjoy!
Thank you for joining us!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on October 26th for our next Zva blog hop!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Zva Creative August DT Blog Hop!

Hello friends! Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcome you to our August blog hop!  We are very excited to kick off another blog hop and to have you join us today!
The hop begins at Zva Creative’s blog! Be sure head on over to check it out! You will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way). 
As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals.  If you like what you see along the hop you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.
If you would like to play along with our design team, just follow along the blog path.  I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!
The Blog Hop starts today, August 25th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, August 26th.
***Prizes***
Hidden on FIVE of the blogs along the way is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over. All you need to do is leave a comment on one post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win. 
The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, August 27th on Zva Creative’s Facebook page. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to Zva’s page on Wednesday to see if you are a winner!
My blog is the last stop on today's hop, but the blog begins here at Zva Creative’s blog so if you are just joining us be sure to start from the top. Enjoy!
Thank you for joining us!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on September 29th for our next Zva blog hop!