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8 posts from September 2009

September 24, 2009

checking in ...

I'm still out on the east coast, but thought I'd take a moment to check in, wish everyone a happy fall (*happy dance*), and share a few photos ...

A few shots taken in Cooperstown, NY.  Had never been in this part of New York State.  Kinda' remote, but lovely!  I only wish I'd had more time to wander around town shooting.  We were there for a family wedding, which meant not much time for anything else.


But I did spy this punkin' outside a restuarant in town.  And now I need to have sparkly pumpkins at home!  (I think this means they're vampire pumpkins, don't you?  *wink*)


The wedding ... that's Dave's brother and his new wife.


After the wedding, driving home on backroads through the Catskills, we stopped at an apple orchard and a farm market.  The leaves had just started to turn, pumpkins were everywhere ... it was great!  (Until we hit weekend traffic going back into New York City and sat for a few hours.  That wasn't so great.  *laugh*)


I have a thing for farm markets and southern NJ has tons of 'em.   Might not be what comes to mind first when you think "New Jersey" but the southern bit of the state is actually quite rural.


And NJ means I've been at Mom's.  We're getting ready for Howl at the Moon.  Which is coming up fast!



I've also managed to get out for a FEW photos around the area here too.  Not many, but I'm trying!  Took this one last night in Ship Bottom, NJ.

I'm helping Mom decorate the shop for Halloween this week, I'll be sure to take some pics of that before I leave! 


September 17, 2009

on my way ...


I'm headed the East Coast for a few days.  Weddings and classes and (hopefully) cool temps, oh my!


September 16, 2009

a wee peek ...

... at one of the projects I'll be teaching in October at One Little Spark!

This is one of the classes I'll be teaching during Howl at the Moon on October 10th: the Spooktacular Halloween Keepsake

Check out my class schedule here (or on the shop's blog) for more details! 


September 15, 2009

2010 a*muse calendar ...

The 2010 A Muse calendars are now available at www.amuseartstamps.com100% of the proceeds from this year's calendar sales will benefit Water 1st.

To learn more about the calendars (a new size has been added this year) and Water 1st, visit the A Muse blog today!


a*muse stamps used ...
crooked house
bat trio

paper used ...
a*muse chiffon purple notecard
a*muse papaya notecard
a*muse slate notecard

ink used ...
tsukineko brilliance graphite black

special items ...
a*muse 2010 a4 calendar
martha stewart spooky fence border punch

September 14, 2009

photos from the air ...

I've got a lot of travel ahead in the next couple of months: a wedding in upstate New York, Halloween classes in NJ, and more time in Washington!  Despite the crazy schedule, fall is my favorite time for, well, just about everything and if I get to half the crafty projects I'm hoping to, I'll be sure to show ya'!  *laugh*  In the meantime, I thought I'd share a couple shots I took out the plane window on my way into Seattle last week ...

Mt. Rainer

The shadows of the clouds on the water is so cool ... adds such fun color to the water.  I took this near Sea-Tac right before landing.

It was kinda' nice having my camera handy.  Will have to remember that!  Especially flying into Seattle - so many pretty views.


September 05, 2009

happy howl-o-ween ...

In honor of the great big pretty moon we've had the past couple of nights ... I'm gonna' share another card that was featured over on the A Muse Blog last week using some of the new Halloween stamps and ribbon!

And ... heh ... check out the moon!  How cool is that?!  It glows!  I punched it out of an A Muse Lime Notecard, ran it through my xyron to sticky the FRONT, and then added the glitter!  Easy peasy and so much stinkin' fun!  Ah, it just makes me giggle (almost as much as the bats well out of the way of Jake, er, the wolf).  *wink*

You can also tell I highlighted ol' Jake with a grey Copic in the "glow photo" too.  Doesn't show up so well in the bright one!

The bottle o' glitter makes me happy too.  I turn off the lights on my table to shoot the card and there it is, glowin' away!  This is definitely one of my favorite new products this fall!  And, as you can see, it really does glow - bright!  This is definitely the best glow-in-the-dark glitter I've tried - so fun! 


a*muse stamps used ...
happy howl-o-ween

paper used ...
a*muse slate notecard
a*muse lime notecard
a*muse vintage green cardstock
neenah white cardstock

ink used ...
tsukineko brilliance graphite black

embellishments used ...
a*muse lime polka dot ribbon
martha stewart glow-in-the-dark glitter

copics used ...

other ...
ek success bats punch
marvy 3" circle punch

September 03, 2009

happy halloween ...

I've been playing around with kraft paper a lot lately and there's a lot I like about it!  Especially how colored pencils take to it!

Here's a close-up of this cute little guy for a better look at the coloring.  I've used a few shades of orange, coloring with the same techniques for blending I use when I work with Copics.  Yeah, it's different than with ink, but it's the same basic principle: color, shade, blend and repeat as necessary.  Is that the "right" way or the only way?  Who knows?!  *lol*   It's just what works for me.  *grin*  

So what kind of pencils am I using?  Koh-I-Noor colored pencils.  They're artist grade tools at a fraction of what you might spend on other brands.  I have Prismacolor pencils too.  They've been a staple in my house since college (Dave has been using these for as long as I've known him and there's always been a battered box of well-loved Prisma pencils floating around our house), but ever since Julie pointed me in the direction of Koh-I-Noors I've been hooked.  They go on smooth and the color lays down really well (and they feel great in your hand - a little weighty even for a pencil).   And you can best believe my box of Koh-I-Noors isn't battered.  I pet them and treat them nice.  *lol*

One last little touch is, you guessed it, glitter!  That's what the lighter looking areas on the pumpkin are in the photo.  Really pretty, kinda' subtle, but still sparkly.  And if you've ever stamped with me you know, I like sparkly (and not just on my vampires)!  *laugh*


a*muse stamps used ...
pumpkin mouse
happy halloween amb
fun star sm

paper used ...
a*muse paprika notecard
a*muse slate notecard
a*muse lime notecard
kraft cardstock

ink used ...
tsukineko brilliance graphite black
tsukineko brilliance moonlight white 

embellishments used ...
a*muse lime polka dot ribbon
doodlebug tangerine glitter

other ...
koh-i-noor woodless colored pencils


September 01, 2009

i love you more than ...

 ... Edward.

And for those of you that have read Twilight, you know that's a pretty big declaration there!  *laugh*  (Dave got a kick outta' of this when I showed it to him and said it was for him.  *wink*)

That's right ... meet the latest addition to the A Muse family of "people" stamps: Edward.  You guys know this cracks me up!  I've been having a lot of fun with Edward (and his companions - which you can check out over on the A Muse News Blog today)!

All the new goodies for Halloween will be available online tomorrow, but be sure to check with your LSS first!  They're probably already there! 


a*muse stamps used ...
love you more than
3 trees

paper used ...
fern notecard
a*muse slate notecard* (bats)

ink used ...
tsukineko brilliance graphite black
tsukineko memento tuxedo black
tsukineko memento bamboo leavess

embellishments used ...
glitter (on edward's skin, of course *wink*)

special tools ...
ek success bat lace border punch (used the bats it punches out)

* = available from 2 september

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