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18 posts from May 2008

May 30, 2008

share your spark fridays ...

Happy Friday, all!  And welcome to another installment of share your spark fridays!

Before I get to this week's spark, I want to thank everyone who shared their spark last week by making a card with at least 7 elements!

Lee Anne

Be sure to check out their creations and leave 'em a little blog love!


Now on to this week's spark!  If you saw yesterday's post you'll have noticed my focal image was stamped inside a circle (and layered on another circle).   That got me thinking about all the fun ways you could use a circle element in your paper crafting!  Which means this week's spark is to ...

Use a circular element on a card!

You could stamp circles, punch them, draw them, layer them, use circular Creative Candy,  even make your card base a circle ... wherever your imagination leads!  

Here's another example of a card I made using circular elements: the layers and the circular Twinkle Sticker.  The layered circles, like yesterday's, were cut with the Martha Stewart circle cutter.

And here are a few more examples ...
wishing you luck
you light up my life
frightful and delightful

So now it's your turn to take this spark of inspiration and create your own masterpiece!  I'm looking forward to seeing what you make this week!  And don't forget to share your spark by leaving a comment on this post with a link to your creation!


a*muse stamps used ...
graduation cap from simple celebrations set
congratulations ma

paper ...
a*muse french blue notecard
a*muse wihite cardstock
black cardstock

embellishments ...
a*muse mini dot twinkle sticker

ink ...
real black versacraft pigment ink

May 29, 2008

congratulations ...

I have a clean, simple wedding card to share with you today!  Summer's here and with it ... the season of graduation and wedding cards!  *laugh*

The layered circles were cut using Martha Stewart's circle cutter. (Which despite being a little tricky to get the hang of right out of the gate, I now love!)

It's nearly impossible to see how sparkly the bride's dress is in the first photo, but this one is a little better.  After dotting a bit of pink onto her bouquet, I used a glue pen to add glitter to the veil and dress! 


a*muse stamps used ...
wedding pose
congratulations ma

papers ...
a*muse 4-bar kitchen collection notecard in pink
a*muse white cardstock

embellishments ...
a*muse sheer ribbon in black
stampin up dazzing diamonds glitter

copic original markers ...
rv32 pink shadow

ink ...
real black versacraft pigment ink (heat set)

May 27, 2008

europe {the grand tour} mini book ...

I can barely believe that in a week Michelle and I will be flying off to Europe.  It's been such a busy couple of months (for both of us) and time has flown by at light speed.  I expect the next week will follow suit and it will be Tuesday night before I know it. 

I've been telling Michelle all along that I need to make lists and round up new camera gear and yet here I am, a week to go, and those things have yet to be accomplished.  But ... one thing I have done is make a mini book for her!  *laugh*

As you know, I'm a pretty big fan of Ali Edwards' scrapbooking on the road idea.  The books I make during a trip for the bits I pick up along the way really capture moments in ways the ones I make after I'm home don't.  And putting stuff in the book takes hardly any time (and is FUN for me)!  (I had an absolute blast doing this with my Mom last time we were in Venice.  I love that book so much!  Really brings the trip back to me whenever I look at it!)  So the thought of Michelle not taking one pained me.  *laugh*   

Although, after a recent conversation, she told me she'd found a 7gypsies book to take even if she hadn't finished a cover.  Which is great!  I figure she can always use this one to tuck photos into after-the-fact or something!  *grin*  You can never have too many mini books from a trip Europe, right?  *laugh*

I also haven't forgotten that some of you have asked to see the rest of my California scrapbook on the road.  *smile*  I will say, as I hang my head in shame, that I have yet to put the final touches on it.  It's "this close" ... I just haven't had time yet.  But I promise to take photos when I am able to finish it!

And for good measure - a photo of the back cover!


paper ...
travel east collage by paper pizzazz

book ...
bind-it-all 5x7.5" cover and pages
bind-it-all 1" silver wire binding

embellishments ...
american crafts remarks letter sticker book in jfk neutral
7gypsies 97% complete travel voyage stickers

ink ...
ranger distress ink in walnut stain (used around edges of cover)

May 26, 2008

greetings from new mexico ...

Dave and I spent the last few days out and about taking photos, mostly in New Mexico (an easy daytrip from Colorado if you don't mind driving).

Hope you're all enjoying the holiday weekend too! 

May 23, 2008

share your spark fridays ...

Happy Friday, everyone!  Welcome to another installment of share your spark fridays

Before I get to this week's spark, I want to thank everyone who shared their spark last week! 


Check out their creations and leave them a little blog love!  *wink*


Now on to this week's spark!  As you read in my last post, A Muse is celebrating it's 7th anniversary this week!  And in honor of this celebratory occassion, I've got what I think is a really fun challenge to spark your creativity this week!

Make a card using at least 7 things!

Now, I know what you're thinking - 7 things?!  That's crazy!  Trust me, it's not that tough when you start thinking about it!  Look at my example below and you'll see what I mean!

Let's count ... 4 stamps and 3 card layers to start!  See!? I used 7 items before using any embellishments at all!  Easy peasy!  (I could also count Stickles and Copics as well for a total of 9 items used!)

I created this graduation card for last week's A Muse newsletter. (See the link under the A Muse essentials list up there on the left if you're not already signed up.)  I was pretty happy with it.  *laugh*  The party banner has always been one of my favorite stamps, and one of my favorite things to do with it is add a bit of color and go over it with coordinating Stickles!   (You could easily tailor it to a graduate's school colors too!)  I really love the look of the colored banners with the Stickles! 

So now it's your turn!  Take this spark and run with it!  There are SO many possibilities and I'm really looking forward to seeing what you create this week!  And don't forget to share your spark by leaving a comment on this post with a link to your creations!


a*muse stamps used ...                                       embellishments ...
party flags                                                            stickles in lime and crystal
congratulations ma
oval from essential ovals set 

papers ...                                                             ink ...
a*muse notecard in palm                                        staz-on in black
a*muse white cardstock                                         stampin' up classic ink in old olive
black cardstock

copic original markers used ...
BG10 cool shadow
Y26 mustard
110 special black
E37 sepia
E21 baby skin pink
YG23 new leaf


May 21, 2008

happy 7th anniversary a*muse ...

Today is the 7th anniversary of my favorite-est stamp company!  Who else?!  A Muse!

This card was made with nothing but A Muse in mind!  (Even picked the green notecard because it reminded me of the color on the walls at the A Muse shop!)

In thinking about A Muse's 7 years ... I tried to come up with 7 things I love about A Muse - but there were just too many!  *laugh*  I thought about things like my favorite stamps and my all-time favorite cards made with A Muse stamps.  But it was just too tough to narrow down!  And as I was thinking on everything, it occured to me that one of my favorite "7 things" about A Muse is ... Nina Seven

Nina is a very talented artist who's illustrated many of the A Muse images ... almost from the start!   Click on over to her blog for more of her fun, whimsical artwork!  (You may even see a few familiar images from time to time!)  And check out this post - I love it so!  *laugh*

Happy 7th anniversary to A Muse, to Linda, and to the whole gang! 


a*muse stamps used ...
happy and 7th from birthday builders set
anniversary is part of happy anniversary

embellishments ...
a*muse stitched grosgrain in pink tutu
a*muse mini dot twinkle stickers
superfine glitter (on the 7)

papers ...
4 bar kitchen collection notecard in green
a*muse white cardstock

ink ...
real black versacraft pigment ink
key lime versamagic chalk ink

May 20, 2008

life's simple pleasures ...

Wanted to share one of the cards I had featured in the last A Muse Newsletter!  I love the glittered, paper-pieced fishy on this one!

The last few days have been a whirlwind!  I'm not sure where they went!  (And I can't believe the trip to Europe is in only two weeks!  Time is FLYING by.)

A Muse Stamps:  Fishing Boy, waves, tiny fish (Oval Frames Set), "life's simple pleasures.
A Muse Paper:  French Blue Note Card

May 16, 2008

share your spark fridays ...

Happy Friday, everyone!  And welcome to another installment of Share Your Spark Fridays!

The a*muse*a*palooza website went live yesterday ... getting another exciting summer of A Muse goodness underway.  If you've been reading the A Muse News Blog (or blogs of the A Muse Creative Team) you'll know that there's a lot of fun coming you way (not to mention lots of new A Muse goodies)!

Thinking about a*muse*a*palooza this year, made me start thinking about  a*muse*a*palooza LAST year!  So I've pulled out a card I made with one of last year's a*muse*a*palooza releases!  And that brings me to this week's spark!

Make a card using a stamp you've had for a LONG time!

Maybe it's s stamp you've not touched in ages and maybe it's one you use all the time!  Either way, ink it up and share your spark!  *smile*

This cool cauldron was released last year and was a quick favorite of mine!  But it's been ages since I've inked it up! 

It's a simple, straigtforward design, with a bit of green glitter on the cauldron bubbles!

Now it's your turn!  And don't forget to share your spark by leaving a link to your creations in a comment on this post!   I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with this week!

Notecard, images; A Muse.  Ink: Staz-On Black, Versamark embossing ink. 

May 15, 2008

a*muse*a*palooza ...


Check it out!  The a*muse*a*palooza website goes live today!  Make sure you check it out and get all the details - it's gonna' be great fun!  (And don't forget to register!)


I also want to thank everyone who's shared their spark so far this week!  Be sure to check out their creations and leave 'em some love!  *wink*

Lee Anne

May 13, 2008

late night ...

D and I had a night out last night - went to see Duran Duran in Denver.  It was a fun night.  Sooo different than the last time we saw them together, which was, over 13 years ago (and way more different than the time I saw them before that - I didn't even have my driver's license for that one)!

So many funny comments about vision and Mom's and ... wow ... the "dancing" and flipped-up collars.   I felt so old.  *lol*  D and I had a LOT of laughs.

A couple of phone photos ... they only allowed non-professional cameras in, so we used our phones! 20080512004_2


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