Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New Moon

Hey there!

So I'm leavin on a jet plane for Vegas today! I get to go see the premiere of New Moon while I'm there and have a visit with my friend Jennie!! :D I'm so excited!

Jennie's awesome! She sent me the Twilight tin stamp set from Barnes and Noble as an early bday present! Such a fun collector's item! I opened it up right away to make her a thank you card:

Hope you are all doing great! For all you Twilight fans out there that are gonna be seeing the movie this week, have fun!! We'll all be together in spirit!! :D


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Jake!

Today is my son's 10th birthday! I can't believe he's in the double digits now!! Poor kid has had a rough week with the flu and is just now getting over it, so we'll be extending his birthday celebration all week with the family.

Here's the card I made for him:

(A Muse sentiment, notecard and heart twinkle sticker, Martha Stewart Skull and Bones Punch, Great Impressions paper piercing template, SU Key Tag Punch, Designer Label Punch, brads and 1 3/8" circle punch)

For the longest time when I'd ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, he'd say he wants to be a nice pirate that has his own ship and crew and gets to sail all over the world looking for treasures! Here's hoping he has a year full of treasures and adventures.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Muse-Bouche Day 5, Expressions of Gratitude

It's release day for A Muse's new product line!! Gorgeous new stamps, papers and accessories for you to feast on!! :D

Here's another sample using some of these beautiful products:

New Products used: Chrysanthemum Open, Chrysanthemum Solid, Shimmer Couture paper in Chocolate Petite Damask and Mango solid, Latte Pearls.

I inked up the Chrysanthemum Solid stamp with Dandelion and Pear Tart Memento inks and lined it up with the Chrysanthemum Open stamp to fill it in, then used a little bit of Pumpkin Smooch to add a little shimmer to the flower. I lightly stamped the Chrysanthemum Solid stamp a couple more times to add in the bg. Here's a closer up shot of the flower colored with the Smooch, not sure if the shimmer is very noticeable in the photo for you:

And, I tried to pick up some of the shimmer of the Couture paper too:

Hope you've enjoyed the sneaks this week!!! These are some of my favorite products A Muse has had to offer, to date!! And that's saying a lot because they have SO MUCH fabulous stuff!!

************* For a chance to win the complete set of the new wood mounted stamps from A Muse (this release), see this post!!***************

Have a fun weekend!

Amuse-Bouche Day 4


I have an Amuse-Bouche to share for today using some gorgeous new products coming soon from A Muse:

Featured new products: Chrysanthemum Open and Chrysanthemum Solid stamps along with a sentiment from the Monogram Frames clear stamp set, Slate Petite Damask shimmer cardstock and Pink Shimmer cardstock, white pearls.

I hope you enjoy your day!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Amuse-Bouche catch up!! :D

Hi Everyone!! I'm so excited to share some Amuse-Bouche for the upcoming Autumn Stationery release but also sorry I got off to a late start! :D Better late than never, right?

Here we go:

New products used: Big Thanks, Acorn, and Oak Leaf Flourish stamps, French Roast Petite Damask shimmer cardstock and a teeny tiny Chocolate pearl topped off on the acorn (thanks for the tip Novell!)

New Products Used: Flatware and Dill Stamps, Apple Petite Damask and Mango Shimmer cardstocks, Lime Pearls.

New Products Used: Leaf Frond Stamp, Classic Alpha and Monogram Frames Clear sets, Lime Petite Damask and Lime solid shimmer cardstock.

I LOVE this new release coming up and KNOW you will to! Beautiful products to create very elegant cards easily!!

Hope you're having a wonderful week!


Friday, September 25, 2009

Courtney's Bday

My baby turned 6 yesterday!! So exciting! Her dream for the big day was to wake up to her bedroom filled with balloons! Although it wasn't completely filled, I tried to make it work:

Then we celebrated with a spaghetti dinner (her favorite) at the Old Spaghetti Factory:

I think she enjoyed it!

Here's the card I made for her, inspired by her favorite colors and her bday balloons:

(The Stickles was still wet when I took the pic, sorry!!)

And another card I made recently that's similar:

All stamps, papers and ribbons used on these cards are by A Muse Artstamps.

Thanks for visiting today! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #25

My friend Rachel hosts a Cupcake Inspiration Challenge each week on her blog, tons of cute ideas to pull from! I've been wanting to play along but never made time for it. This week I decided to go for it.

Here's the inspiration pic:

And here is my card:

Pretty simple and straight forward, but I enjoyed having an idea to start with and seeing where it takes me. All stamps, papers, pearl stickers and ribbon used for this card are by A Muse Artstamps. Glitter by Doodlebug Designs, Inc. (mixed 3 different chunky glitters together), also used Moonlight Smooch on the cupcake frosting.

Hope you've all had a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Fall PJ Party Challenge #4

This is it, the last challenge of the night, hosted by yours truly! :D

My challenge for you is to create a Thank You card. Super easy and always useful! With Thanksgiving around the corner I thought it would be appropriate.

Here's my sample:

All stamps, and papers used on this card are by A Muse Artstamps.

I know it's tough to see in the picture, but I created a border by scoring at 1/4" around all the edges of the white square. Just gives it a little something extra. 2 thumbs up for Scor-Pal! :D

Hope you all had fun tonight. You still have until tomorrow night (Sunday the 20th) at 8pm Pacific time to submit your challenge cards in the appropriate threads on the A Muse Lounge. Winners will be drawn at random for each challenge and will be awarded a prize directly from A Muse!! :D

If you weren't able to join this time, keep your eyes peeled for the next one, we'd love to have you! The more the merrier.


Fall PJ Party Challenge #3

Challenge #3 is here!! Hosted by the rockstar herself, Geeta!! The challenge is to create a card based on your favorite tv show/series starting up this fall. Lots of cool shows to choose from, but one of my favorites that I've been watching and excited about is So You Think You Can Dance. Here's what I made:

All stamps, papers and ribbon used on this card are by A Muse Artstamps.

One more challenge to go! It's amazing how quickly the time flies by during these online party nights!!

I'll be back soon!

Fall PJ Party Challenge #2

Time for the second challenge of the night. Hosted by Jen Daloisio, the challenge is to make a card using Fall colors! How easy is that?

When I think of Fall I think of browns, greens and oranges. I typically think of leaves too, but I went a different route with this challenge, mostly cuz I needed to make a thank you card for my kids' bus driver. She's super sweet and caring and so enthusiastic to see the kids each day. Makes me feel good to have my kids in her care to and from school. I still remember my first bus driver from Kindergarten to this day, cuz she was cheerful, made a point to smile and seemed happy to see me each day. Hopefully my kids will feel the same about their driver.

All stamps, papers, ribbon and twinkle stickers used on this card are by A Muse Artstamps.

Hope you're joining the party and feeling inspired to stamp!

Stay tuned for more!

Fall PJ Party Challenge #1

It's party time over at the A Muse Lounge!! Our first challenge, hosted by Jennie, is to make a card inspired by our favorite Halloween candy. As much as I love Candy Corn and those types of treats of the season, my absolute fave of all time, and what I looked forward to in my loot each year, was Almond Joy! Unfortunately it was my mom's favorite too, so she'd inspect my candy and say they looked suspicious and she needed to test them for me to make sure they weren't tampered with! :D Great trick! :D

I decided to take the colors from the Almond Joy wrapper and the idea of coconut and translated it to this:

All papers, stamps and ribbon used on this card are by A Muse Artstamps.

I hope you'll join the fun tonight. There will be a total of 4 challenges and lots of chit chat on Yahoo Messenger!!


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

No Coloring Zone


Each month Jennie posts a new challenge on the A Muse Lounge and sadly I rarely make time to play! I did make one for this month's challenge, to make a card without using coloring tools like markers, pens, or pencils, etc.

Here's what I made:

Super quick card to make, something I rarely do! Victoria gave me a box of inchies a long time ago and I saw them sitting there in my drawer all sad and lonely, decided to give them a go! :D I may have cheated a little by using red Stickles in the apple, but I kicked myself after doing it! I didn't color the main images though, just rubbed red chalk ink along the edges of the inchies. Super simple!

Hope you're enjoying your week so far!


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Team Jacob?

Hey there! Still playing around with my new A Muse Twilight stamps over here. Although I'm definitely team Edward, I couldn't resist making a Bella and Jacob card:

I'm so in love with the new Blackberry notecards from A Muse and the Woodgrain cardstock for that matter!!! The blackberry is such a gorgeous color that makes my heart flutter when I look at it!! The sentiment was printed on the computer. I so need to get my hands on some more Karen Foster Snap Stamps when my budget permits, feels weird using the computer for my card!! :D I did get to try out my new EK Success Moon and stars punch, didn't end up using the stars, but it makes a pretty perfect little moon!

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a fabulous weekend!!


Friday, September 11, 2009

Sparkles and Sunshine

Happy Friday!

I've been trying to work in a little crafty time here and there this past week. Taking longer to make a card than I'd like it to, but it's coming back to me!!

Had to play some more with my new Twilight Stamps from A Muse!! Kind of a weird color combo for me, wasn't how I planned it to turn out, but you never know 'til you try, right?? :D Tough to see, but there are Stardust Stickles on Eddie and Yellow Stickles on the sun.

I have a couple more to share in the next week too, so stay tuned.

Blessings to you today!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

New Twilight stamps

Hello!! Long time no chat! Sorry for such a long break, I've been enjoying the busyness of Summer and haven't had much stampin' time.

I'm so excited about A Muse's new Twilight stamps in the Halloween release! I'm trying to get back into my groove, but it may take some time. I played around a bit today, not quite sure how I feel about it but I'll keep trying!

On the inside I stamped "Happy Birthday." I suppose you could say anything on the inside and it'd work with the movie quote!

Hope you've all had a great Summer! My kids start school on the 9th, I'm sure looking forward to the Fall routine starting back up.


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

AP Spot Challenge

There's a new challenge on the A Muse blog this week for A-Muse-A-Palooza. The challenge is to make a card inspired by the word "spot."

I thought of all sorts of ideas but landed on the Spot the dog children's book series, using Patch. Here's what I made:

Spot's First Walk

Spot's Birthday Party

Spot at the Farm

And one more card just for fun, inspired by inkspots:

I used Adirondack Alcohol inks, dripped and splattered them randomly. Also colored in the main image using the same inks from the bottles and a blender pen. This turned out totally 80's to me! I remember having a sweatshirt with ink splatters all over it! Heehee! (And, yes, I wore a high-up side pony tail with a scrunchie and big bangs!!) :D

All Stamps, Papers and Twinkle stickers used on these cards are by A Muse Artstamps (except for black and white basic CS).

I'm gonna be taking a break from blogging this month since I'll be on vacation but look forward to hopping back on in August! Hope you're all enjoying your Summer!!

Happy A-Muse-A-Palooza to you!!


Thursday, July 2, 2009

One More Twilight Card


Here's another "Twilight" inspired card for the 3rd A-Muse-A-Palooza challenge on the A Muse blog this week:

I've been wanting to do a "you're cool" card with Edward for awhile and finally got some time to do it. Pretty silly, but it was fun to make. I think Eddie looks a bit like Liberace in that glittered up cape! LOL! Of course, I had to add in some woods in the bg to be authentic! :D All stamps and papers used on this card are by A Muse Artstamps, Memento Inks, Copic Markers, Marvy Circle Punch, EK Success trees border punch, Black Diamond Stickles, silk ribbon, dimensional tape, and sponge daubers also used.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!

Blessings to you!

Monday, June 29, 2009

A-Muse-A-Palooza Twilight Blog Challenge


Woohoo!! I'm so excited! A Muse has a super cool challenge on their blog this week! The inspiration word for the challenge is Twilight!!! How fabulous is that??? Of course it made me think of the books/movie first thing.

Here's what I made:

I had a tough time deciding on which sentiment to use, was tempted to do "you're cool" or "have a scent-sational day" but opted for "life's simple pleasures" instead. Twilight sure is one of life's simple pleasures!!

All stamps used on this card are by A Muse Artstamps, inks by Memento. Notecard by A Muse. Misc. items used: Marvy oval punch, sponge, blender pen, decorative scissors, dimensional tape.

Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with! I'm thankful these challenges are here to get me inspired again!