Tuesday, June 28, 2011


I really do love chickens. They make me laugh. I have a lot of friends who raise chickens so I am lucky enough to get some very tasty farm fresh eggs every now and again. More than actual, walking, laying, crossing the road type chickens, I love these stamped chickens.

I stamped them on sugar paper and then used my 1-inch square punch to cut out the 4 squares. It was fun to play with the angles and the amount of image that got included. If you've never made a card this way, give it a try. You'll start looking at your stamps in a whole new light.

Happy Inchie Making!
Why did the lollipop cross the road? Because it was stuck to the chicken! :)

All Products used are by A Muse Studio. You can get them here!
Card Recipe: Stamp Set-Farm Fun; Cardstock-onyx polka dot, sugar, cherry; Ink-Memento Black; Accessories- 1"-punch, Copics-BG10, R27, Y38, E00

Thursday, June 23, 2011

...a pretty party (that's on SALE)!

I am so excited to share this with you! Here is a quick look at all of the ever so pretty things that the creative muses at A Muse Studio have made with the stamp sets and paper that are on Sale right now!
Does it get any prettier than this?

Want a closer look at some of the projects you see here? Use this link to get a little closer!

Some of these ideas are so simple but have such a beautiful sophisticated look and
I can help YOU make them!

It is the perfect time to Host a Workshop!

Book a workshop and spend a couple of hours getting crafty with your friends. My workshops always include 2 total hands on projects that are easy enough for beginners and have something new to offer to stampers with ink in their veins!

I will be showing some of these super cute ideas and you and your friends can get the supplies that you need to make your own at a great price. This sale is going on until July 14th so be sure to book a workshop with me soon and don't miss out on these versatile stamps sets and gorgeous color palette!

Have an a*musing day!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

...a wedding.

Who doesn't love a good wedding? Love. Happiness. Promise. Beauty. And a celebration! I love to celebrate and look to do so any chance I get. A close family friend got married recently, and of course I made a card for her.
There was a subtle wedding theme of starfish and I had a lot of fun creating this card with the Sea Shells stamp set. The watermelon paper and ink matched her colors perfectly.

Love you guys!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

...her Dad.

Just a little something I made for my dad to say Happy Father's Day. He has the heart of a lion and I love him.

All Products by A Muse Studio
Card Recipe: Stamp Sets-the Mighty Jungle, Essential Sentiments; Cardstock-Grass, Onyx, Sugar; Ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics

Thursday, June 16, 2011


So when I'm not being crafty, I am often cookin' something up in the kitchen. Here is my fav recipe for quiche...it's so good!

And today I just love quiche. Especially when it bakes up so nice and fluffy.

Roasted Red Pepper, Goat Cheese, & Kalamata Olive Quiche

pie crust of choice

7 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup cream

dash of salt & pepper

goat cheese, as much as you like

roasted red peppers, chopped, as much as you like

kalamata olives, pitted, sliced, as much as you like (LOTS!)

goat cheese, crumbled, as much as you like

whip eggs and cream together, add spices. Pour into prepared pie crust. sprinkle other ingredients in. bake at 350 til golden and just firm. Cool for 10 min. before serving

More crafty things on the way soon. But for the moment...I'm in the kitchen.

Monday, June 13, 2011

...to save the best for last.

You've been very patient with me as I have shared post after post of tic-tacs. I hope you have enjoyed it. Sometimes it's fun to take an idea and play it out multiple ways. This last one (for now anyway) is my favorite!
I love this little chicken! I loved creating a background with my copics! But do you know what I love most of all? I love how the white tic-tacs look like eggs! It makes me so happy! I can't help it I just love it!
Here's a close up of the copics. I used BG10 to create a sky and a little E00 to highlight the chicken's white feathers. YG 20 gave me a nice green field and YG23 added the blades of grass.
And just for some added fun I couldn't help but add this egg and sentiment to the back.
The egg is stamped and then die cut with the egg die. I added a little shadow with my E00.
I have to say that one of the things that I have learned from playing out this idea multiple times and in multiple ways is the idea of a front and a back. It's got me thinking about the inside of my card. From a design standpoint I'm wondering what needs to be on the front of the card and what I can add to the inside. This exercise has me thinking about how to continue the design, the fun, the "joke" from the front of the card into the inside of the card. I'm guessing that my card fronts will be more simplified and those elements that don't quite make the cut just may find themselves a home on the inside.
All products are A Muse Studio
Card Recipe: Stamp Sets- farm fun, egg-stravganza; Cardstock- sugar, cherry gingham (for that farm-y feel!); Ink- Memento black; Copics; egg die; white tic-tacs.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

...a whale of a tic-tac gift-y.

So a few days ago I was playing with my copics and was having fun coloring this little whale. Then the tic-tac madness took over and I simply had to put the two together. So here it is.
I thought it needed a little sparkle so I used my handy-dandy copic multiliner and drew in a little blow hole so I could then draw in the glittery spray.

On the back I continued the spray and glitter. The scalloped edge was made with one of my favorite dies and my Big Shot. The die adds a lovely scalloped edge and if you flip it around it makes perfect little ocean waves.
All Products are A Muse Studio
Card Recipe: Stamp Sets-keep swimmin'; Cardstock-sky gingham; Ink-Memento Black; Copics; Quickie Glue Pen; Diamond Glitter; Tic-Tacs.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

...tic-tacs on the go.

Another take on the tic-tac fun! Wouldn't this be cute left in someone you love's car? Just a little minty love note!

...a little encouragement.

Sometimes someone just needs a little lift, and that is what I had in mind when I made this card. I love to be able to send a little encouragement to someone. I love blue and orange together. I love how cheery it is. I don't know if you can see it so well in this picture but I added a little glitter to the striped border.
Another quick and easy card....sure to brighten someone's day.
All products are A Muse Studio
Card Recipe: Stamp Sets-Love Conquers All, Mad About Plaid; Cardstock- Blueberry, Sky, Sugar, Clouds, Orange Polkadot; Ink- Orange, Bermuda, Blueberry; Diamond Glitter; 3D tape.

Friday, June 10, 2011


Shocking, I know! But really who doesn't love a good smackaroo.
Only, what I was actually talking about in this particular case was kissing stamps. To do this you ink one stamp and then use it as your ink pad for another stamp. Following me? It's lots of fun! I love to get more milage out of the stamps I have. Here's a card I made...with kissing.
All products are A Muse Studio
Card Recipe: Stamp Sets- Lots of Dots, Birthday Greetings, Mesh Background; Cardstock- Lime, Sugar, Onyx, Ink-Ocean, Bermuda, Grass, Papaya, Onyx; Accessories- Scallop border die.

more tic-tacs

Another version of the quick & cute gift-y! I kept this one SUPER simple and then dressed it up just a bit with a pink twinkle sticker for the flower center.
And sometimes the message can be just as simple and straight forward.
All products are A Muse Studio
Card Recipe: Stamp Set-graphic sunflower; Cardstock-sky, sky gingham; Ink-Memento Black, watermelon; pink twinkle sticker; tic-tacs

Thursday, June 9, 2011

...inspiration that just keeps coming!

I had so much fun making the fish-y gift-y that I made the other day that I made another one and then another one and then, well, you get the idea. So here is tic-tac gift #2. A little fun and a little sassy and quick and cute just as before.
The back is super simple with that little dash of sass that makes it fun..."you & moi? ooh la la!" on a gift of breath mints...hee hee!
So as I said I got kind of carried away with the idea of making these. The possibilities are endless really. So I'm going to be posting some of the others that I made. My favorite one is yet to come! If you have been inspired to make one I'd love to see it. Leave a link to your pics in the comments.

...a birthday party!

I had so much fun making a birthday card for a friend's little girl. If you couldn't tell she just turned 4! And what little girl doesn't like pink and glitter? For that matter, what big girl doesn't like pink and glitter?
All products are A Muse Studio
Card Recipe: Stamp Set- Itty Bitty Birthday, Birthday Builder; Cardstock- Sugar, Blush, Bubblegum, Bubblegum polkadot, Bubblegum gingham; Ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; glitter, pink heart twinkle stickers.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

...a quick and easy gift-y!

While I was standing in line at the food store some tic-tacs caught my eye. And all of a sudden I had an idea. So I got home tossed the food in the fridge and started stamping...like ya do! And this is what I made. It was easy-peasey-lemon-squeezey. I just measured out the orange gingham to be sure that it covered the lable. Cut the white cardstock a little smaller. Stamped. Colored. And added a little crystal glaze to give the bubbles some texture.
Not one to leave something half finished I stamped the sentiment and some more bubbles for continuity on the back. Gotta love it when an idea comes together!
All products are A Muse Studio
"Card" Recipe: Stamp Set- Keep Swimmin'; Cardstock-orange gingham, sugar; Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics; Crystal Clear Glaze; Tic-tacs

Thursday, June 2, 2011


It's been a little while since I have sung of my love of Copics. I have been coloring this little whale over and over... I'll show you the cutie-patootie cards that I made with them tomorrow.
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