Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Top Ten Must Haves from a•muse | studio

Oh wow! We're having a sale! A•Muse has a top ten must haves list at an extra 20% off until December 15. The three stamp sets have been on my wish list for a while and I can't resist a good deal! And, I go through a lot of Kraft card stock, so I'm stocking up now...

See anything you can't live without? You can order all of these items here. And now I'm off to the table to continue to prepare for Christmas Stamp Camp. There are 17 fun ladies on their way to my house on Saturday to make a bunch of Christmas cards! It's going to be so much fun!

Enjoy the last day of November all!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November a•muse | studio Spotlight!

Ooooohhhh!!! I am so jazzed about the deals in the November Spotlight! I've already ordered Winter Wishes and Candy Cake Wishes. Holiday Tags and Polka Dot patterns were already part of my collection. Those felt coasters? SO going to make them! You don't even have to be able to sew! Die cut the felt and stick it together with heat and bond! Yee-haw!!! I feel a project coming on! And yes... 3 packs of the Gingerbread paper pack are on their way to my house.

I've got some great cards using these products coming up at Christmas Stamp Camp on December 3rd. Let me know if you'd like to come get crafty and inky with friends. It's going to be fun! If you are interesting in ordering from this spotlight, you can click right here

Have a great night!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Celebrate the Season

I have a little problem with paper... and ink... and ribbon... and buttons. So much stuff to play with! And I've also found several other like minded people with my kind of problems online. One of my favorite blog people is Kristina Werner. She makes great cards that are fun to do and don't take hours upon hours, and layers upon layers. I have been following her for years.

Every year she does a Holiday Card series of videos and I watch every single one. This year she made her sketches available as PDFs through her Virtual Card Club and I knew I had to have them. The inspiration for today's card came right from sketch Number 8 in her series. I love being able to adapt her creative sketches to make cards with my supplies.

This is for my friend Kristine. She has stars in her eyes for heat embossing. I'm going to completely enable her at Stamp Camp on December 3rd!  I scored and sanded the cranberry cardstock, cut some candy cane stripe and wasabi paper, got out the scallop punch and added it all to a kraft base. Then I stamped the sentiment using Versamark and embossed it too! Cute, simple, and easy to mail.

Recipe: All a•muse | studio products
Paper: kraft, cranberry, wasabi, cocoa, and candy cane stripe
Ink: Versamark
Stamp: Celebrate The Season
Other: White Signo Uniball pen, white embossing powder, fern polka dot organdy ribbon
All products for this card are available here.

How are you getting ready for the holidays? I need to choose a card and start the production line! I want to have them all finished by Thanksgiving weekend. Then it will be time to start making caramel sauce! 

Have a great night!

Monday, November 7, 2011

A Reindeer and his Scarf

You know how people look at something someone has made by hand and they say "I could do that..." My comment is always "Yes... but do you?" I'm one of those people that likes to look at how someone has done something and then go off and see if I can do it. I've done it with cakes and desserts for a long time, and now I'm doing it with paper.

I saw a great card using the Nordic Noel stamp set from a•muse | studio that I coincidentally had received in the mail last week. It was the greatest reindeer wearing a scarf. I couldn't figure out exactly how to do the card and thought on it for a few days. Tonight my brain kicked in and I worked it out. I love it when all the brain cells finally decide to talk to each other!!!

Can you figure out how I did it? I have no idea if I did it the same way as the original designer, but it looks the same and I'm in LOVE with this card. I've made several Christmas cards in the last few weeks and this one could be a contender for the DeGarmo Family Christmas Card this year.

Recipe: All supplies from a•muse | studio
Cardstock: cranberry, candy stripe, wasabi, and sugar
Stamps: reindeer from Nordic Noel, sentiment from Essential Sentiments
Ink: cranberry and french roast
Embellishments: holiday washi tape and lime stitched grosgrain ribbon
All supplies from this card are available here

Thanks for stopping by to check out my little moment of being proud of myself! If you would like to make this card at a workshop or camp stamp, let me know!

Have a great week!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Baby It's Cold Outside!

So appropriate for all of our fresh new snow. When we were leaving school last night, there was quite a bit of snow gently falling from the sky and Max very sweetly said "oh... it's so beautiful!" Right now, we love it... ask us again when it is still snowing in April.

Anyway... I got the snowman die and some felt in my last order. The die cut the felt like butter! and I thought he could be quite a charmer on the front of a winter card. I didn't have any black twinkle stickers, so I took some pearls and colored them black with my Copic marker. Ta-da! Buttons and eyes! (Copics come in so stinking handy sometimes!)

I cut a tiny little nose out of some Papaya paper and a hat out of black felt and I just love it! I'm just having too much fun I tell ya'...

Recipe: All a•muse | studio products
Paper: Sky, Sugar, Onyx
Stamps: Chill of Winter
Ink: Sky, Memento Tuxedo black
Felt: Sugar, Onyx
Embellishments: pearl stickers in vanilla, altered with a black Copic marker

All of the supplies for this card (and so much more) can be found here.

Happy Stamping!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Snow Friends

Oooohhh!!! I've been playing and prepping for my very first workshop! I have a thing for snowmen. Love 'em! Every year I beg the boys to come out and make a snowman with me from the first snow we get. Soon it will be so cold that the snow won't actually stick together. If you make a snowman early in the winter, they can be out in your yard for most of the winter.

So I'm just loving playing with a few different a•muse studio snowmen. Here's a card I made using the Chill of Winter set and some Copic markers...

I like the combination of the Sky paper and the little pops of Cherry. Of course, I had to add some glittery snow in the background. Diamond glitter makes me happy! And the fun technique that I've been using quite a bit? Masking - so I can layer stamped images on top of each other. And I've finally gotten smart and I'm storing my masking images in the DVD case where the stamp set is. Then I can make the card several times if need be and I don't have to cut out the mask again. I just love a good, time saving idea. How do you save time in stamping?

Recipe: All a•muse | studio products
Paper: Sugar, Sky, Sky gingham
Stamps: Chill of Winter
Ink: Sky, Tuxedo Black
Ribbon: Cherry stitched grograin
Misc: Diamond glitter and Copic Markers
All of the supplies for this card can be found here.

Well... off to clean up the house and finish prepping for tomorrow! I'm excited!

Happy weekend all!

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