Saturday, May 28, 2011

pretty & super fast crafty goodness.

How easy is it to make a card? SUPER EASY. I am a firm believer that easy cards are often the prettiest. Probably because I am a fan of the clean & simple look. Or maybe because it is the simplicity itself that I find attractive. It could be that I have fallen in love with the letterpress look with it's white space and bold colors. Whatever the reasons are...I love this card if I do say so myself.

A little leafy green, some bright sunny yellow, a deep blue and voila! Prettiness!

I added some pearls, but only a few, to add a little diamension to it. Thought about adding lots of other things and then just told myself to stop.

Knowing when to stop is half of design.

The whole thing took less than 5 minutes! I am going to be playing with this look a LOT more in the days to come.

This is a stamp set everyone should have. It is so easy to use, gives you BEA-U-T-ful results every time and can be used with almost every occasion.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

little gifties!

One of my favorite things to do is to give little gifts to people! I love to drop them in their bag or purse without them noticing to find later. A little surprise to brighten their day.

I had a ton of fun making these cute little twisted boxes. They are big enough to fit a few Lindt Truffles or 6 Hershey Kisses or really any tiny gift. I like that they are well sealed, especially if you are filling it with a little trinket like a pair of earrings or a charm for a bracelet.

I used super stick tape to give it a good seal and I scored it to give the ends a crimped look and to ensure that the tape sealed very well.

They'd make great favors for a party or wedding!

The tag needed just a little something so I added some polka dots with my copic. I love how it brings the ribbon and the blue together.

They were so fun to make that I had to try it again in a different color palette. I am going to have to remember this next Easter. I think I could make an awfully cute carrot box out of this!

The white flowers are stamped in sugar ink and then embossed in sugar embossing powder so they really stand out on the orange.

The color combos are endless....I have a feeling you'll be seeing more of these posted here. I LOVE this little box so much!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

guitars & glitter!

There was a Moxie Fab World challenge a few weeks ago and this card would have been perfect for it. I made it and was about to post it when I saw that one of my favorite Stampers, Julie Ebersole made a card that looked a lot like it (see her blog and look for the April 27 post), and had just posted it. Maybe great minds think alike or maybe I got lucky. Either way, I didn't post it in the challenge because it felt like I was coping, and although I do borrow (and give credit) from other stampers it just didn't seem to feel right for a challenge. Anywho, here is my card. I liked making the double polka dots. It's hard to see in the pics, but the kraft dots were run through my Big Shot and debossed with the mini polka dot impression plate.

I think it ended up being a fun "boy" card and that can be a hard thing to do.

After making the boy guitar card I found myself teaching a class for teenage girls. I had no idea what to design for them and when I asked for some advice on color I was told black and purple. It took me a while but I finally came up with this card. I recycled an old layout (that I got from Julie E. gee she has been helpful lately...may need to start making some thank you cards!) and changed the stamps and colors and what do you know....a whole new look!

Even though I do feel 15 years old when I look at this card I kinda like it!

I'll give you 3 guesses as to my favorite part of this card, but really it shouldn't take more than one!

YES it is the glitter! However did you know? I love the little sparkle that it adds. That is what the girls liked best too! Sometimes I wonder how I ever did anything without a Quickie Glue Pen & A Muse Studio Diamond Glitter. It is just the prettiest, sparkliest, yummiest glitter that I have ever used! I LOVE this glitter!

If you like the look of it and decided that you just have to have some too, let me know. I am happy to place an order for you or you can place one yourself here at

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

a challenge.

It's Tuesday Trigger time over at Moxie Fab World and once again I am playing along. This lovely stack of pyrex bowls is the trigger picture and I have to say that it has been a big inspiration. I have more ideas the longer I look at it. It helps that it is in a color palette that is dee-lish to me! And as it has been feeling more like fall than spring around here I am seriously thinking about baking some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies as soon as I finish posting this.

If you want to play along too (try it, you'll like it!) then follow this link over and get inky with me!

This is what I made today:

The pyrex got me thinking about my grandmother (those are her green pyrex bowls in the picture). I have so many fond memories of her, but sometimes I miss being able to make new memories with her.

The inspiration for my card was very much from the picture....the colors and the style. I had fun paper piecing the bottom of the card to look a little like the tablecloth in the picture. I have also been enchanted with the stamped letterpress look lately. Until recently I was not a very big fan of solid image stamps. It seems to be something that I am reaching for more and more! It's lots of fun. Also, I am liking how the paper piecing came out. Not something I would do to make a ton of invitations or something, but I find the optical illusion of the pattern to add a little something to it. What do you think?

I love how bright and cheerful letterpress can look. So simple. So colorful. No clutter. And it's easy peasey lemon squeezey! What's not to love?

Card Recipe (all products by A Muse Studio): Stamp sets- just because; Cardstock- sugar, french roast, cherry, buttercup, orange; Ink- papaya, cranberry; Accessories- corner chomper

Monday, May 23, 2011

...true love.

This little card is to say "Happy Anniversary" to one of my favorite couples. Scott & Ann, I love you both so much and I am so thankful for the wonderful example of true love that you live out every day. Life is not a fairy tale and it is not easy, but you are a shining example for anyone who doubts that true love, forever love, is real. God bless you both!

The idea for this card was inspired by Scott & Ann's wedding. I helped (and am still helping...) Ann make a quilt with a tree on it that was the guest book for their wedding. Each guest signed a leaf that was then put in the tree. I stitched their intials and the date into a heart and appliqued it to the tree trunk (actually I think I still need to do the applique part...Ann let's finish it soon! sorry!).

The idea came to me the other day while I was thinking of other ideas for recessed window cards. The base is kraft cardstock and the piece of french roast was embossed with the woodgrain pattern and then sanded to show the bark. Then I cut a hole in the bark and mounted the bark onto the card base.

I couldn't resist continuing the theme on the inside, especially since in echos the guest book/quilt so well with the heart carved into the trunk.

Happy Anniversary! I love you!

Card Recipe (All products are from A Muse Studio): Stamp Sets-Essential Sentiments, Love Conquers All; Paper-Kraft, French Roast, Sky; Ink-French Roast; Accessories-Copics E31, E55, E57, Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon in Sky, 3D tape, Woodgrain embossing plate, Vintage Labels die.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

...a challenge

It's moxie fab time again, and I so love this week's Tuesday Trigger. Isn't it cute? You can play along at

I love the plate, the pink curly-Q cakes, and I love the little "let them eat..." cupcake flags. I know that it is in honor of the recent royal wedding, but the flags, of course, started me thinking about the oft misatttibuted quote:

"Let them eat cake!"
And once my inpiration leads me in the direction of anything French I find my Eiffel Tower stamp in one hand and glitter in the other....did you know that the Tower sparkles? It really does! I didn't think I could love it more and then I saw it sparkle. Love love love it!

As a result, I couldn't help but make this card!

I wanted my card base to reflect the two-tone pink icing. I decided to stamp the Eiffel Tower on sky blue cardstock to pick up the color in the plate. I added the little cake and colored it in with my copics. Since I didn't have a sentiment that I was looking for I just wrote it in with my copic multi-liner--problem solved!

A close up pic shows off the glitter on the icing. Hope you like it and that you play along!

"Qu'ils mangent de la brioche!"

Card Recipe: All products are A Muse Studio--Stamp Sets: Ooh la la!, Oven Joy Harlequin Background; Paper:blush, sugar, and sky; Ink: bubblegum, Memento tuxedo black; Accessories: onyx twine, quickie glue pen, diamond glitter, copics-multi liner, BG10, B21, RV13, R20, R29, 3D tape.

Thursday, May 12, 2011


I was so inspired by the video. I was bold enough to say that I was going to post what I made...before I had any idea what I was going to make exactly. And then, I got a little stuck. Finally, I came up with something. I don't think it's quite done. It needs a little something at the top, but I'm not sure what. I loved doing the window! I am going to have to keep this idea in mind and see what else I can come up with .

I love this little chocolate! The red heart twinkle sticker fits perfectly on tip to give it a little sparkle. And the sentiment makes me smile.

Card Recipe: All Products by A Muse Studio--Stamp Sets-Love Conquers All, Hearts a'Plenty; Paper-cherry, kraft; Ink-french roast, cranberry; Accessories- 1"square punch, clear embossing powder, red heart twinkle, 3D tape

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

new techniques!

Check out this video and learn how to make a recessed window card. It's easy-peasey-lemon-squeezey! And step by step visual instructions make it even better!

I'm going to be making something using this technique tonight and will post pics of what I come up with.

Monday, May 2, 2011

...the beach

I was in the mood to enjoy some crafty-goodness the other day, but I could not make a single thing. I had no ideas. NONE! So I was poking around online and I remembered a card that I saw and loved. Sometimes, even when you have no ideas of your own, you just HAVE to make some thing. So I copied a card from a very talented designer, Julie Ebersole. You can see her original card here:

and you can read Julie's own blog here:

If you ever find yourself in need of some creative juice, ideas or inspiration....Julie and her blog is a very good place to swing on by! Seriously beautiful and amazing stuff! Julie--I so hope that you don't mind a little shout out....or copycatting! :)

Anywhoo! So this is what I flat out copied from Julie! All the credit goes to her!

I had to make a few changes....I didn't have any craft sand hanging out in my closet just waiting to get used so I ran a piece of toffee paper through my Big Shot with the A Muse Studio tiny polka dot impression plate, sanded the dots to reveal the white core paper hiding just under the pretty toffee color and voila! sand...paper sand! I used a darker blue for my card base, again, that's what I had... I am a HUGE fan of using what ya got! Make it work! :)

This is what I really learned from making this card...coping Julie's technique-white embossing powder is amazing and a little bit of copic makes a big difference!

I love the white embossing powder on the buttercup paper! I love the highlight of the copic and how it adds depth and detail to my little starfish! This is something that I am sure I will be doing again. Note to self (and anyone who's listening): Copics are not just for elaborate coloring on white paper! They can do so much more and this starfish is a great example of that.

Hmmm, now I 've got summer on the brain.... let's see what else I can make....

Don't you just love how sometimes all you have to do is START the crafty-goodness and then it just keeps right on coming...I'm off to see where it leads me. Have an a*musing day!

card recipe: Cardstock-ocean, sugar, toffee; Ink-latte, sky, sugar; Stamp Sets-seashells, contemporary greetings; Accessories-twine in vanilla, polka dot impression plate, sugar embossing powder, 3D tape, Y17 copic (all products are from A Muse Studio)