Monday, January 9, 2012

Clean and Simple Card Making - Day 1

Woo-hoo!!! I won a spot in the Clean and Simple Card Making online class being taught by Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, and Julie Ebersole - three ladies who inspire me all the time! I won the spot by leaving a comment on Tami Hartley's blog i make cards. Thank you so much Tami! I'm beyond excited to participate in this class, as my mojo has been waning lately.

Today, I came home from work t-i-r-e-d... oof! 2nd graders can suck every ounce of energy out of you, not to mention my own two little monkeys! But when I saw the sketches for today, I couldn't stop making cards. I knocked out 4 cards tonight and could have kept going if I didn't need to go to work tomorrow. I know one of today's sketches is going to be a "go to" for me for a long time to come.

Before I show you what I did, remember... these are NOT perfect. I was whipping ink around, throwing paper, and grabbing stamps like a frenzy. There are flaws and mistakes and I'm alright with that! It's a class and this is a great way to develop ideas and get the craftiness moving. Perfect can come later. And with that, here are the cards:

All a•muse products for this one:
Paper: Kraft cardstock
Stamps: wild rose 
Ink: cranberry, fern, french roast
Embellishments: Tombow brown marker, french roast bakers twine, cranberry buttons

All a•muse products:
Paper: blush cardstock
Stamps: sweetheart background and quick & cute valentines
Ink: bubblegum and Versamark
Embellishments: white embossing powder, blush felt, heart trio die, white Signo gel pen

All a•muse products:
Paper: vanilla cardstock
Stamp: life is a song
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and cranberry
Embellishments: cranberry glitter, black pen

And this card got thrown together in a crazed moment of raiding all sorts of items from my massive stash of products...

Paper: a•muse sugar cardstock and Kodak photo paper
Stamp: a•muse hand scripted
Ink: a•muse ocean and Tim Holtz alcohol inks in Purple Twighlight, Citrus, and Sail Boat Blue
Embellishments: totally random organdy ribbon scrap from the stash, CTMH button and embroidery floss

Looking at this post, the next class I clearly need to take is a photography class, but that will have to come another day. It's on my bucket list! 

If you see any of the a•muse | studio products that you just can't live without, I hope you'll visit my webstore and check out our catalog. There are several great stamp sets that are retiring, as well as my beloved cranberry products. But all of these retiring products means one exciting thing.... the NEW catalog is coming!!!

Happy Stamping friends!


  1. These are great. I love the one birdcages. I like how you didn't feel compelled to show the cages completely. And that pop of red is delightful.

  2. So many cute cards! You did a wonderful job. I love the first one with the flowers as your background!


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