Thursday, July 14, 2011

...a lovey card.

Every now and again that lovey-dovey inspiration hits me. I love these little birds and the sentiment. Sometimes it's just best to keep it clean and simple and let the stamps do all the work.
All products are A Muse Studio.
Card Recipe: Stamp Sets-on the wing; Ink- onyx, bermuda, blush; Cardstock-sugar, blueberry gingham; Scallop die


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

...playing with plaid!

I have a new favorite stamp set! (I say that every other day, I know, but this is my fav for the moment anyway) The set is called Mad for Plaid and it is just so versatile! Wanna see what I did with it?

I love making patterns and playing with color. It is so simple! Just pick a few ink colors. And stamp away. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy! I will tell you that I used removable sticky notes to cover the part of the card that I wanted to leave "un-patterned." And I also chose one color for each stamp in the examples you see above.

If you are interested in getting a Mad For Plaid stamp set be sure to let me know. This set is on sale now BUT time is running out. You have until July 15th! You can order this set and any other a muse goodies HERE. I'm happy to help you place your order and answer any questions that you may have. You can leave a comment or email me at laralovek@gmail.com.

Have an a*musing day playing with plaid!

All Products by A Muse Studio
Card Recipe:
"Happy Heart"- Stamp Sets-Mad for Plaid, Hand Scripted; Cardstock-shell; Ink- blush, shell, lichen, grass; Heart Twinkle Sticker.

"Hello" - Stamp Sets-Mad for Plaid, Graphic Sunflower; Cardstock- vanilla; Ink-latte, toffee, french roast, eucalyptus.


Monday, July 4, 2011

...a Yankee Doodle Dandy BBQ!

Celebrating with friends today and had so much fun making this yummy dessert to bring along.

I couldn't help but decorate it after looking at all of the inspiring Patriotic Party pics
from the A Muse Studio designers.


My Red, White & Blue Trifle is simple, dee-lish, and easy to whip up. Here's what you need:
1 white cake (or pound cake or angel food cake)
strawberries
blueberries
vanilla pudding
whipped cream

Layer cake, pudding, fruit. Cover top with whipped cream and cover with fruit.

My wishes to you for a very Happy 4th of July!

Decorations Recipe: wooden skewers; cherry twine; Cardstock-sugar, cherry, blueberry, Gingham in cherry, blueberry and bermuda, Polka dot in cherry and blueberry; Vintage in cherry and blueberry.

...4 Ideas for the 4th!




I could not get the half circle idea out of my head. So I started playing with some card layouts.
Idea #4:

And another version:
I love to play with patterned paper. I love the simplicity. I love the sparkle. And it goes together so fast. Cut a strip of paper, punch some circles, cut them in half, stamp, glitter and you're done!

All products by A Muse Studio.
Card Recipe: Stamp Set-birthday builder; mad for plaid; Cardstock-Sugar, blueberry, Gingham in bermuda, cherry and blueberry, Polka dot in cherry and blueberry; Ink-cranberry; Glitter-cranberry; Twine-cherry; Buttons-cranberry; pearl stickers.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

...4 Ideas for the 4th!


In my neighborhood the 4th of July is celebrated for days! Maybe because you can buy and set off fireworks here and it's fun. Or maybe because they take their state motto very seriously: "Live free or die!" Or maybe New England is just a very patriotic place. Whatever the reason, at the moment in sounds as if the War of Independence is raging around me. There are fireworks and firecrackers and well, just a heck of a lot of noise. I like it! There's something about it that is so celebratory. So this idea to make firecrackers out of lifesaver rolls was pretty easy to come by being that the inspiration is quite literally surrounding me. Idea #3:

All products by A Muse Studio.
Card Recipe: Live Savers; Stamp sets-polka dot patterns, birthday builder, woodgrain background; Cardstock-blueberry, cherry, sky, sugar, ocean; Ink-blueberry, cherry, sugar; Accessories-sugar organdy ribbon

Saturday, July 2, 2011

...4 Ideas for the 4th!

When it comes to the 4th of July I start thinking STARS. So when I went to make a card I realized that I didn't have any stars. And then I remembered the starfish in my seashells set.
So here is Idea #2:
As a girl who grew up on the shore this is a card that makes me think of the 4th of July! It's super simple, patriotic, and beachy. Makes me want to go down to the beach to see the fireworks....

Oh, and I really should mention that both of these stamp sets are on SALE right now! But only until the 14th of July. If you are interested or would like to see more of the current a|s Spotlight sale you can email me at www.laralovek@gmail.com. Or you can see it here at www.amusestudio.com/larakalapacs.

All products by A Muse Studio
Card Recipe: Stamp Sets-seashells, mad for plaid; Cardstock-blueberry, sugar; Ink-cranberry, sugar; Accessories-white embossing powder.

...4 Ideas for the 4th!

Are you getting ready for some fun 4th of July celebrating? I am! I was trying to think of some fun ideas for getting crafty and this is just one of my favorites!
Idea #1:

This idea came from the creative minds at A Muse Studio. They are some crafty chickies over there! I love the idea of making this cute, bunting-like, mini garland! And putting it around the tops of jars and using them as candle holders. I love the dressed up-casual look of this for a BBQ. Now I just have to decide how I want to use it.