Thursday, May 31, 2012

FLT192 ~ With Sympathy

Clean & Simple Stamping sketch 192 looked like a perfect sketch to do with a sympathy card. I think sympathy cards should be very simple. I had one last pre-stamped Marvelous Marigolds sitting on my desk from our last Copic club meeting and I knew it would be perfect for this sketch.

Stamps: a•muse Marvelous Marigolds and Essential Sentiments
Paper: a•muse Sugar and Onyx
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Copic markers Y13, Y15, Y17 and 
Ranger's Liquid Pearls in Lemon Yellow

Clean, simple, and elegant... everything a sympathy card should be. I think it's good to keep a few of these in your stash for when you need them. It's hard to actually make the card at the time, so having one on hand is good.

Off to hike in the sunshine! Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

THREE in one day!!!

My mom has always said that I never do anything half way! I guess these challenge blogs are a really great way to get the mojo flowin'! The a•muse|studio consultants have a great challenge blog going, but I've never contributed. The current challenge is called "Let's Get Sentimental!" and they want the sentiment to be the focal point on the card. I immediately knew which sentiment set I wanted to use! Big Celebrations is becoming one of my favorites for birthday cards. Embossed in white, these stamps make a big statement!

All a•muse|studio products used!
Stamp Set: Big Celebrations
Paper: Grapefruit (quickly becoming my favorite pink)
Ink: VersaMark
Embellishments: white embossing powder, Bermuda ribbon, 
Not Your Grandma's Buttons in Bubblegum, Onyx twine, white Signo pen,
white Flax flower from Meadow Mix

I was watching a video on another consultant's blog today (The Kitchen Table Stamper) and her ribbon treatment inspired me for the rest of the card. I hope you like it. I'm off to do something in this house that does not involve paper or stamps. I have been neglecting many things today, but it was fun!

Go get inky and happy y'all!


Another Masculine Card with Designer Paper ~ CFC54

Two cards on my blog in ONE DAY!!! I was cleaning up after the last card and noticed the set Swingin' Day, which I haven't played with in a a long time. I have always used this set with solid papers only, but I thought our Grass Gingham might be cute. I usually reserve gingham for baby cards, so I had to move outside of the box for this one. But I LOVE the way it turned out! So much better than my last card!

All a•muse products used except embossing folder.
Stamp Set: Swingin' Day
Paper: Sugar, Grass, Grass Gingham
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Cuttlebug embossing folder - Swiss Dots, 
Copic markers C3 and Y17, Pebbles Pearlescent Chalks

I pulled out my Copic Air Can to do a little airbrushing on the white cardstock so the golf ball would pop a little, but I couldn't find my sprayer. (Gonna have to grill the boys and see if they've been playing with mommy's toys!) Instead, I got out my chalks to blue up the sky a bit. It's got a slight shimmer to it, which isn't exactly masculine, but I know my man can handle it! ;o) I very lightly filled in the dots on the golf ball with C3 copic marker and popped it up on a dimensional. My 10 year old said, "Oooh! It looks like it's flying off the card!" You've got to love it when kids get your cards!

A Masculine Card with Designer Paper ~ CFC54

I am going to make cards this summer... A LOT of cards! I feel like I really abandoned my passion during the school year and I got myself so thrown out of balance. I need to get inky and cut up paper and do it just for fun! To help myself get the mojo flowin', I'll be checking out as many challenge blogs as possible. Here is a card I did after checking out CAS-ual Fridays most recent post. Great place to get clean and simple ideas and inspiration!

All a•muse|studio products used except for the punch:
Paper: French Roast Woodgrain, Sugar, Buttercup
Stamps: Family Icons and Brief Notes
Ink: a•muse pigment ink in Blueberry, Cherry, and Memento Rich Cocoa
Tools: EK Success binder edge punch

This week's challenge is to do a clean and simple, masculine card using design paper. When I think masculine, I think of a•muse's woodgrain paper. Men woodworking, chopping wood, out in the woods... so masculine to me! And I had not yet inked our Family Icons set, so it was time to bust it out!  The sentiment comes from Brief Notes and makes this card more versatile. I can see using this is as a father's day card, thank you, card, or just something fun to slip into my husband's drawer for him to find at some random time. 

Don't forget ~ we've got two days left in May, which means you have two more days to get ahold of our AMAZING pigment ink at 20% off! I ordered every single color that I didn't already own. Can't wait for my package to come in the mail! If you want to take advantage of this great deal, hop on over to my web store before May 31st at 11:59 pm pst! Webstore link: HERE

Have a great day and go get inky!


Sunday, May 27, 2012

A Memorial Day Special!

A•Muse is having a special gift with purchase this weekend only! Purchase $50 in product and receive 3 rolls of our beautiful satin ribbon for FREE! Cherry, Vanilla, and Bermuda - three of my "go to" colors!

And don't forget! All of our pigment ink pads are on a 20% off special this month too!

That means you could get a great deal on ink pads, while earning 3 spools of FREE ribbon too! 
Don't pass this deal up!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Take some time to be crafty and get inky!


June Stamp Camp Cards

School's OUT! I spent a few days catching up on stuff around the house and now I'm back working at my table once again. It feels so good to have some free time to create cards again. I'm hosting a stamp camp next Saturday and thought I'd share the cards we'll be doing.

A card for your BFF, sister, or mother...
on the inside is says "...and deal with it!"
Stamp set: Days Like This
Paper: Grapefruit, Shell, Sugar
Embellishments: Onyx twine, onyx pearls, diamond glitter
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copic: RV14

 A little something for Father's Day - 
totally CASE'd from another consultant in the gallery - Kay Petersen! Go check out her blog!
I loved the paper piecing and all things polka dots always catch my eye!

Stamp Set: Brief Notes and Essential Sentiments
Paper: Sugar, Kraft, Grass Petite Polka Dots
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

I just had to bust out Tini Time finally! I could have used just about any of the sentiments that come with this set. This is the only card where I used a non-a•muse element. I pulled out the Tiny Bubbles Cuttlebug embossing folder for this one, because I don't have any of ours yet.

Stamp Set: Tini Time, Mod Backgrounds 1
Ink: A•Muse Pigment inks in Bermuda, Cherry, Grass, and Memento Tuxedo Black
Ribbon: Grosgrain Stitched Ribbon in Lime
Embellishments: Crystal Clear Glaze to make that shiny cherry
Tools: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Tiny Bubbles

A more masculine card - Could be used for Father's Day or a masculine birthday. I think the next time I do this, I'll stamp the sentiment in French Roast. The recliner is paper pieced using Grass Gingham. 

Stamp Set: Hey Man!
Ink: A•Muse Pigment ink in Buttercup, French Roast, and Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: French Roast, Buttercup, Sugar, Grass Gingham

And welcome baby cards are always good to have on hand! Greens and yellows help to have some gender neutral cards around for when you need one. I love this Little Peanuts set and want to make a lot more cards in gender neutral AND pink and blue themes. 
Stamps: Little Peanuts
Paper: Lichen, Sugar, Buttercup Gingham
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: Vanilla polka dot organdy ribbon, Vanilla pearls
Tools: Copic marker, Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 1

The wonderful thing about being an A•Muse Studio consultant is getting so much inspiration from all the other creative consultants. Our online gallery provides me with so many ideas that I use as inspiration for the cards I make. Sometimes it just takes a little spark to get your mojo rolling! 

If you see anything you just can't live without, all of the items used to make these cards can be found at my A•Muse webstore: Devon DeGarmo's Webstore

Happy Stamping and Happy Summer blog friends!


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