Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Wondering in the woods...

... over the past weekend my girls and I stumbled upon all of these magnificent mushrooms in the woods at our property. I am simply amazed at how many were tucked away all over the place and how diverse and beautiful each one is.

We also ran into to a couple of box turtles. We just love them. If you think about the life they live you have to have a great amount of respect for them.
 You just want to ask her... who old are you sister? What has life been like? Any kids? Where in the world have your travels taken you?

Monday, March 02, 2015

The March Collection is Here...

... and it is fabulous! Check out the entire release HERE & order it HERE.
Local friends, why not Host a Party and earn some of your wish list for free. All of my hostesses get to pick a stamp set from the monthly collection in which they host a party for free. Contact me!

Be back soon with projects to share made these fabulous products! 

Friday, February 27, 2015

True Stamp 2015!!

Hello all! Happy Friday! Did you like yesterday's free Scrapinar: All that Glitters: Making the Most of the Shiny Stuff? Well, if you did you are going to love what is coming up next!
This is for all stampers or want to try stamping stampers! Whether you're a newer stamper looking to advance your skills, a more experienced paper crafter wanting an inspiration infusion, or a stamping dabbler looking to use your supplies in new ways, you need to hear about True Stamp!
True Stamp is a one-day, online, LIVE event on March 28. All six classes will come to YOU via the magic of the Internet in a state-of-the-art web room. You'll watch class demonstrations, chat with instructors and other students, and have the time of your stampy life – all without leaving home (or even changing out of your PJs!).
Check it out HERE!

You'll learn from experts such as Shari Carroll, Nichol Magouirk, Bev Gray, and more!

If you're tired of just staring at your stamping supplies or creating the “same old” projects, then check out True Stamp 2015. Almost 500 people attended last year's event, and we expect this year to be even bigger and better.  See you on March 28! 

My friend Lain Ehmann of True Scrap has pulled together six of the hottest stamping companies around to offer a full day of inspiration and fun... Including Lawn Fawn, Technique Tuesday, Paper Smooches, Mama Elephant, Raisin Boat, and Simon Says Stamp.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Last Call for the A Muse Studio February Collection

The February collection is chock full of cute and beautiful stamp sets that will help any card maker get ready for Easter. Don't forget that this collection is only available for a few more days. Last day to order will be this Saturday, February 28th. You can see and shop the collection HERE:

Now on for my share for the day-- a simple but stunning card that I created with the A Muse Eggs stamp set and matching dies from the February collection (instructions included below).

A Muse Shopping List: stamps (eggs), dies (large egg), glitter (diamond), cardstock (papaya), ink (VersaFine Onyx), Copic markers (YR07, RV14, V17 and YG25), adhesive (super stick double sided sheets).
To recreate card:
1) Add double sided adhesive to white cardstock. 
2) Remove backing from adhesive sheet and pour glitter on to sticky part of cardstock.
3) Using finger, press glitter into adhesive. Shake and brush off an excess glitter.
4) Ink stamp using VersaFine ink and stamp onto glitter. Allow ink to dry (you can also heat set the ink with a heat embossing tool).
5) Use die to cut out egg. Color flowers and leaves with Copic markers and adhere to card with foam adhesive. Stamp sentiment to face of card.

Reminder: today is my glitter class! If you want to see this technique demonstrated via video + many, many more, don't forget to sign up here: HERE. I hope you can join me! 

Friday, February 20, 2015

All That Glitters

Hi all, I just wanted to quickly share something that I've been working on that I thought you might be interested in-- a FREE online class!

If you'd like to sign up, just click HERE. I hope you can join me! 

P.S. Even if you can't make the live class on Thursday, just by signing up at this link will get you access to the class replay for a limited time, so go sign up:)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hello friends! The A Muse Studio February collection is here and it is DARLING! If you are ready for Spring this collection is just brimming with it! You can check out the entire collection here:

I'm just popping to share a card and tag that I created with some of the lovely things that I purchased from this collection.

Products used on card: Stamps (somebunny loves you stamps*); Dies (somebunny loves you coordinating dies*, large egg die* and grass die); Paper (shell solid & mermaid chevron cardstock); Color (Copic marker); Ribbon (stitched grosgrain); Other (diamond glitter).  *from February Collection

To create glittered bunnies, simply adhere glitter to a adhesive sheet, stamp and die cut images from sheet, then color with Copic markers. 

I'll be back later this week with another card that I created using this stamping on glitter technique. But in the meantime, I wanted to remind you that the A Muse Studio January collection is only available for few more days- until February 14th. So if you wanted to snag some of that beautiful gold bakers twine or the stitched tag fish tail die, do it soon. You can shop here:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Jumping on the Organizational Bandwagon

So after seeing all of the organizational tips and tricks that are all over the web right now because its the new year I decided to jump on the bandwagon and organize something.

When using my Peerless watercolors last week to create this owl tag, I realized that using the watercolor sheets from the package was counter productive   A) they made a mess on my desk...

B) and they were hard to use!  I'd have to test each one out before using it EVERY time because I could't remember which color is which. How frustrating!

So I made a palette/swatch book. To create it:
1) cut a small section off of each paint swatch. Be sure to leave it matched with its name so you don't get them all mixed up as your are working with them.

2) adhere paint chips to watercolor paper. Label each swatch and paint a sample of it below it so you can see the color of each on white paper

Now I have a my color swatches and a usable palette that I can work from. As I use up the paint, I can simply replace the swatch from what is left. I added them to a binder ring and now they hang on my desk ready to be used when I need them.
Have you organized any of your crafty supplies this month?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

2015 Workshops Announced!

Hi everyone! I'm excited to announce my workshops for 2015! One of my crafty  goals for the year is offer more card making and paper crafting workshops here at home for all of my local and crafty friends, so here they are...

Style Made Simple
Friday, March 13, 7-9 pm ($10)
Are you a fun & cute card maker or one that is classy & elegant? Perhaps you are more graphic in style or verge on shabby chic. In this class you will learn the difference between all of the different styles in paper crafting and try your hand at creating three different cards in three different styles.

The Secret Garden
Friday, April 24, 7-9 pm ($15)
If you love flowers, this workshop is for you! We will create set of five all occasion cards that will be sure to suit any recipient in this wonderful season that is so full of blooms. If you wanted to try pretty peonies 2 or mini blooms stamp sets, you’ll want to attend!

New Product Party!!
Friday, June 5, 7-9 pm (FREE)
It’s Friday so get ready to party with some new products! Come and see what’s new for 2015 from A Muse Studio and create a few make & take with our newest of the new products.

Summer Travel Album
Friday, July 17, 7-9 pm ($20)
Be ready to document your summer vacation by getting your mini vacation album all ready before you even pack your bags. Don’t miss a single well deserved memory in 2015!

Holiday Catalogue Release Party
Friday, August 21, 7-9 pm (FREE)
Come check out all of the new holiday goodies released in our new Holiday Catalogue! We’ll have both a Halloween and Christmas make-and-take as well as holiday treats and good company! As an added bonus, attendees will be the first to sign up for my Holiday Card Shops!

Thankful Three Ways
Friday, September 18, 7-9 pm ($10)
Join us to create three thank you cards that you can use to celebrate our blessings throughout the holiday season.  This workshop will also focus on 2 fun techniques: coloring image with markers and inks and adding glitter to your cards!

Bootiful Halloween Cards
Friday, October 16, 7-9 pm ($10)
Join us for a fun evening of Halloween treats without the tricks! In this workshop you will learn to make Halloween cards that are cute, fun & bootiful- not scary! We will also create coordinating lunch box notes so you can send Halloween greetings to your little ghost or goblin all day long.

The Holiday Card Shop!
Saturday, November 7, 1-4 pm
Friday, November 13, 7-10 pm ($25)
Get a jump on you holiday card making by creating your holiday cards with A Muse Studio this year! You will go home with 10 handmade cards that will be ready to mail after the Thanksgiving holiday. Don’t wait until December 21st… be the first to send out your holiday cards this year!
Wrap it Up! Workshop
Friday, December 4, 7-9 pm ($12)
After joining me for this workshop you will have the cutest wrapping in town! Don’t miss out on an evening of holiday cheer with treats. You will create gift tags, two gift bags and a clever wrap for those holiday treats!
Thanks for your interest in signing up for one of my workshops! 

All classes are held in my home located in Loveland, Ohio (45140). Once you sign up for your selected workshop(s) a PayPal invoice will be emailed to you. Please pay promptly via PayPal or by sending cash/check as space is limited to 10 guests per workshop. Seats will only be reserved upon receipt of payment. A confirmation with driving directions will be mailed to you and serve as a receipt for payment. I look forward to crafting with you!

Sign up for a year’s worth of classes for only $100 (save $12!). Offer valid through February 21, 2015.

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.***