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25 posts from March 2008

March 31, 2008

new a*muse goodies eve ...

As promised, I'm back today (albeit a bit later in the day than usual *grin*) with my last sneak peek!  Tomorrow is the big release online ... so be sure to check out the A Muse News blog.  (Plus ... you definitely don't want to miss Linda's sneak peeks today!  They're so stinkin' clever!)

Another look at a few of the new clear images headed your way!  The bird and the sentiment are from Stitched Garden and the big, scalloped oval is from the new Oval Frames set.  (I'm tellin' ya ... you're gonna' love these frame sets!)

I used a scrap from a blue 4 bar kitchen notecard to paper piece the birdie.  This set, with it's bold black lines and large images makes it PERFECT for this technique!  The scallops and the little guy's feet and beak were colored with Copics.  Another fun element to the card are the glittery scallops!  Unfortunately, it's tough to see in the photo, but it's so shimmery and really pops in person!

Notecard, images, sentiment, ribbon; A Muse.  Ink; Pallete Hybrid Ink in Black.

happy monday ...

Wow ... is the weekend really over!?  Where did it GO?!  First, I want to thank everyone who's shared their spark so far this week!  Be sure to check out their creations!  (And it's never too late to play if you haven't joined in yet!)

Jennie M.

And ... check back later today for more new A Muse goodness!  Just one more day until the release!  The weekend daylight hours got away from me before I could shoot new photos!  (Will be doing that first thing this morning and adding them in!) 

Part of the reason the weekend got away from me:  Dave and I really dug into sorting my craft room!  In between actually USING my space, I've been trying to get it sorted.  It's been a bear of a job, but I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I'll take a few photos to share once it's done.  *smile* 

The downside to all that sorting is that no crafty goodness happened in there this weekend.  I always end up creating a bigger mess in the process ... and it was a mess all weekend.  But I'm so happy! We got SO much accomplished!  (And things are clear enough for me to work again ... at least until I START working!)

Another fun thing that happened this weekend!? 

I'm going to see Duran Duran in May.  *sigh*  I was totally in love with their base player (John Taylor) back in the day.  (Soooo many Tiger Beat posters of John, and the rest, taped on my bedroom walls!  Back then, not now!  Although, I wonder if Dave would go for that!? *laugh*)  And despite being slightly creeped out when I realized that was nearly 30 years ago (!!!), I'm still wicked excited about it!!!  Wheee ....   

March 29, 2008

and the sneaks roll on ...

So ... have you guys been enjoying the sneak peeks!?  Today I bring you one card with 4 new images!

Yep!  Four!  Are you scratching your head yet? 

Well, get ready for this! 

Not only is yoga girl, the "thank you for being fliexible" sentiment, and the pretty scrolly frame (from the Rectangle Frames clear set) new ... but so is that shadow stamp under yoga girl!   Yep! A Muse is releasing 5 sizes of "shadow" stamps in a mini clear set called Essential Ovals!  Adding those shadows to your images just got SO much easier!

Like with most shadows (and in this case a yoga mat), I masked yoga girl's feet before stamping the oval.  And don't forget to save those masks you cut out!  See all those blue things stuck to the organizer in the background of the photo?  Yep ... some of my masks!  *laugh* 

I colored her with Copics.  And look how great the Copic colors match the 4 bar notecard!  I love that!  (And I love that Linda did all the hard work picking out perfect shades to match A Muse colors so I didn't have to! *wink*)

I hope you're all enjoying the sneaks!  And don't forget to check out yesterday's Share Your Spark Fridays post below!

March 28, 2008

share your spark fridays ...

Happy Friday, everyone!  And welcome to a special "share your spark Fridays!"  Why special?  Because it's also an A Muse sneak peek!

Yesterday I shared a card where I'd stamped flower images, cut them out, and raised the images using dimensional adhesive to add a "popped up" element.  And that's this week's spark!

Make a card with a raised, dimensional element!

I cut out and "popped up" the lighthouse on my card!  I can't wait to see what you guys make this week!

Have you spotted the sneak peek yet?  It's in the midst of some of my favorite older A Muse wood mounted images!  That's right!  The circle of dots!  It's from a new A Muse clear set called Circle Frames

It's one of those sets I mentioned yesterday that will be great for stampers and scrappers alike.  This one has lots of pretty circle designs in different sizes, not to mention a few other little goodies to boot!  I have some scrappy samples using some of these new hybrid (great for cards AND scrapping) sets to share in the next few days too ... so watch for those!

I really like this technique.  I think on a card like yesterday's, it adds a lot of depth, texture, and interest to a very simple one-layer card.  And on a card with a bit more going on, like today's, it adds another, even more interesting layer ... really making the focal image stand out from the card (which is much more apparent in person).  *smile*

I colored the lighthouse with Copics and stamped the waves in Cat's Eye Chalk Ink.  Then I used a Sakura Quickie glue pen to trace the waves and add a little super fine glitter.  (Added a bit to the "light" portion of the lighthouse too.)  The ribbon is black A Muse grosgrain stitch.

The lighthouse stamp was also one of the "stamps of the week" on the A Muse Addicts forum! 

So ... now it's your turn!  Don't forget to share your spark by leaving a link to your creations in a comment! 

Notecard, images, ribbon; A muse.  Ink; Palette Hybrid Ink in black, Cat's Eye Chalk Ink in Blue Lagoon

ETA: Oh, Elena ... you KNOW I'm gonna' add Twinkle Stickers to that dotted cirlce at some point!  *wink*

March 27, 2008

sneak peek: a little note ...

Aren't sneak peek days fun!? 

There are quite a few new clear goodies from A Muse coming in this release!  Sooo much cool stuff!  And today I'm sharing a card made with one of those sets ... Stitched Garden!

This is a clear set filled with pretty flowers, birds, and sentiments ... all in this cute stitched pattern!

The actual flower stamp also has a stem, but I stamped and cut out just the flower so I could use the lime peel grosgrain stitch ribbon for the stems!  (The Fancy Borders clear set would also make for some darn cute stems!)  I colored the flowers with Copics and added Stickles to their middles for a little shimmer too.

I've mentioned before that I held off on clear stamps for some time.  My experiences had left me with murky, muddy looking images that were no where near as crisp as what I got from rubber.  And that's no fun.  So ... I stayed away from 'em.  But clear samps have come a long way and A Muse's clear stamps have REALLY won me over!  They stamp so nicely!  I mean ... look how crisp that sentiment is!  It's awesome!  I'm really, really impressed with them!  And you're not gonna' believe all the cool clear stamps coming out in this release!  Great things for stampers and scrappers alike!  I'll be sharing more ... so stayed tuned in the days to come.  *smile*

Hope you're enjoying the peeks!

Notecard, images, ribbon; A Muse.  Ink; Palette Hybird Ink in black


March 26, 2008

let the sneaks begin ...

Here we go!  Being able to do sneak peeks for A Muse is a lot of fun for me!  I'm starting this round off with my favorite wood mounted image from this release ...

... the ballerina!  Whenever we get a new set of images there's always a few that jump out to me and I end up with TONS of ideas for.  This time ... this was it!  And I love it! 


Her hair, skin, outfit, and shoes were colored with Copics.  And as you can tell in this closer shot, I also went over her dress with pink Stickles. (It took me the longest time to figure Stickles out.  I know, right?  But seriously, it's true.  It's ok to laugh.  I laugh at myself about it too.  But I've finally figured 'em out ... I think!   *wink*)

Be sure to check the blogs of the other talented A Muse women listed on the left and right for more sneak peeks!  It's a fun release!  Lots of new goodies to see!  And to get your hands on the new A Muse goodness, check your LSS or the A Muse News blog on 31 March!

And be sure to check back here tomorrow for more!  Will it be new clear goodies?  More wood mounted?  The suspense!  *laugh* 

Thanks for checking in ... and have a great day!


March 25, 2008

ready for spring ...

First ... just want to thank everyone who's shared their spark so far this week!  Be sure to check out their creations!  I can't wait to see what else is shared this week!



I'm beyond ready for spring. 

Especially after the SNOWY Easter weekend we just had.  Colorado weather is crazy.  We had multiple inches of snow fall between Saturday and Easter Sunday, but today it was in the 60's.  (It's supposed to snow this coming weekend too ... ugh.)

And I'm sooo missing GREEN: grass, trees, plants, anything green.  Colorado is semi-arid ... not a lotta' rain, which means not a lotta' green unless you're up in the high country (and still mostly evergreen there).

So today while I was browsing through photos to scrap, I ran across these: taken this time last year at Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands and thought I'd share! 


Doesn't it LOOK warm?  Ah ... and soooo green!


ETA: I mentioned looking for photos to scrap.  This is what I was making ...

Yeah, I'm a minimalist scrapper too ...  *laugh*

I try to play along with the weekend challenges my Mom runs for the Scrapbook Cafe (her local shop in NJ).  This one was color related: all the papers and embellishments had to be one color. 

I started out with a great idea to scrap a photo of my bike (which is in the photo on the right - we'd biked from The Hague to Delft) ... and when it didn't work I switched gears, but kept the pink paper.  After I did it I realized that Delft doesn't really scream "pink" to me.  If anything ... blue.  Right?  Oh well.  It's not that bad.  *laugh*  And it makes me happy ... which really, isn't that the point of making yourself scrap pages?  *smile*

And guess what I'll be posting tomorrow?!   
A Muse sneak peeks!!! 

Hope it's warm and green in your neck of the woods (or at least getting there)!  *smile*

March 23, 2008

happy easter ...

I hope everyone's having a nice weekend!  I thought I'd pop in with one last post of Easter creations!  Two little cards attached to two little baskets of Easter goodies!

I used the biggest Marvy scallop punch I had to make this!  And while it didn't cut ALL the way through the first go-around, it was easy to re-position for the final cut.  (Yep, punched right through a folded A Muse notecard.)  I do believe it would have cut all the way through the first time, but two of the metal scallops on my punch are shorter than the others.  Weird, huh?   

I will admit ... this makes me even more eager for my Nestabilities to arrive!

One last thing about that card ... check out the flower!  It's four little gold twinkle stickers!  How cute is that?  I love 'em! 

This cute little Elzy chick is on a tag and not a card.  Same size as the card in the first photo, just ... well ... not a card.  *grin*

Both the card and the tag were colored with Copic markers.

Notecards, ribbon, twinkle stickers, and stamps used in first photo; A Muse.  Stamp used in second photo; Elzybells.  Ink; Staz-on Jet Black, Stampin Up Certainly Celery.

Happy Easter!

March 21, 2008

share your spark fridays ...

Here we are ... another Friday and another installment of Share Your Spark Fridays!

On Monday I shared a card that used one of my all-time favorite stamping techniques: paper piecing.  And that's this week's spark of inspiration!   

Make a card using paper piecing! 

I paper pieced a set of thank you cards!  Can't wait to see what you guys make!

It's such a fun technique and super easy! 

Simply choose an image ... one with a clear outline and lots of open space works best.  Stamp the image onto the patterned paper you want to use as your "coloring," then cut it out!  I always cut right along the stamped line. And since you'll be stamping the image again on your background paper, any of the line you cut away is "replaced."  You can see what I mean in the next, close-up photo ...

Can you see what I mean?  The dress image (by A Muse) was stamped on the white cardstock AND on the blue notecard.  When you place the blue cut-out image over the image stamped on the white ... any lines that were cut away on the blue are magically replaced!


Oh ... and the hanger?  No need to cut around it on the blue.  Any extra bits to the design outside the area you want to "color" can simply be cut away.  When you place the paper pieced bit over the image stamped on your background ... voila!  It's all there!

It's REALLY that easy! 

And ... if you really like cutting, you can even do tiny, tedious cuts like that bow around the waist of the dress!   Yep ... that litle bit is paper pieced too.  Out of white.   *smile* 

This was a fun set of notecards to make (and I think they'd make a nice little gift too).  The finished size is 3.5" x 3.5" and they were all made with different blue A Muse notecards cut to size (4-bar AND square)!

So ... what do you think?  Ready to give it a try?! 

Don't forget to share your spark with us by leaving a link to your creations in the comments!

Happy Easter weekend, everyone! 

March 20, 2008

a cup of good wishes ...

I'm still feeling a wee bit under-the-weather, but did manage a little stampin' time yesterday!  Woot, woot! 

You know what my favorite thing about this card is?  The sentiment!  Well, not the sentiment itself exactly, but the fact that because it's clear I was able to bend it to mimic the curve of the saucer (and place it RIGHT where I wanted it!  I love that!)   I guess it doesn't take much to get me excited ... 'cause I was really happy with myself after I did this.  *laugh*  Ever feel that way?  You stamp something and think ... "Oh!  I'm so glad I did that!"  *laugh*

I really, really like combining the clear sets with my wood mounted stamps (which the cup and saucer is).  I feel like I'm getting the best of both world's!  (The clear sentiment is from A Muse's Coffee Break Mini Set.)

Did you notice that the card is ALL different shades of brown?  Yep, all browns: the 4-bar notecard, the ribbon, right down to the Copic I used (E37) and the ink I stamped with!  Pretty fun!  (Brown is one of my favorite colors!)

And ... the cup and saucer stamp is one of the "stamps of the week" on the A Muse Addicts forum this week!  The weekly challenges are a great motivator to get stamping (with built-in inspiration to boot)!

Oh yeah!  I keep forgetting to mention that I've had a few cards shared on the Elzybells blog lately!  They're Easter cards using the latest release!  You can check them out here and here!

Patterned notecard, ribbon, images; A Muse.  Ink; Staz-On Timber Brown. 

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