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6 posts from April 2010

April 27, 2010

vintage a*muse ...


If you haven't already heard, A Muse is having a birthday!  Over on the blog we're celebrating for 9 days straight (because A Muse is turning 9) with lots of inspiration, fun, and even a few birthday pressies - for YOU!  *laugh*

One of the fun things coming your way is a great new set called Vintage!  Over the years many fabulous stamps have been retired to make room for new.  Stamps we loved!  So what better time to bring back a bit of vintage A Muse style than on our birthday! 

Snappy up there (the camera) has always been one of my all-time favorites.  And I'm SO happy folks get a chance to give it a good home again!  I know you'll love Snappy (and all the other stamps in the Vintage set too)!  And even better, they've each been paired up with a brand new sentiment!

To see more from the vintage set, follow me over to the A Muse Blog today!  (And don't forget to check out the A Muse Lounge for even more birthday fun!)


PS - Check out this older post for another look at Snappy in action!

April 07, 2010

happy spring ...

A peek into our backyard this morning.  *grin*

The snow has stopped, the sun is out again, but the fireplace is going and I'm seriously contemplating finding some big fluffly socks 'cause my feet are freezing!

Tomorrow promises warmer temps and the weekend looks glorious.  Of course, we'll likely get another foot of snow soon after, but with another year in Colorado under our belts we're learning this is pretty typical for the Rockies during spring.  And, hey, since D and I work from home and don't have to drive in it I've learned to expect it, adjust, and enjoy the view ... even in April.  *laugh*


April 04, 2010

happy easter ...


I'm thinkin' eggs should look this cute all year long ...


April 03, 2010

hoppy easter ...

I got a few questions about the egg-shaped card that was one of the designs on the Love My Tapes Blog a couple of days ago ...

Nope!  It's not the egg-shaped nestability, just a regular ol' oval one!  And yes!  It IS a card!  As many of you know, you can score your paper, fold it over, and position your die just slightly over the folded bit to cut a shaped card.  But then your left with a flat top and, well ... we can do better than that!  *laugh*  All ya' gotta' do is cut out ONE more of your shape and adhere that on top!  And, easy peasy, you have an uninterrupted shape!  *monkey-clapping*

The grass and butterflies ARE actually punched from tape and not paper.  I know!  Cool, eh?!  For the grass, I simply lined up two pieces of tape on white paper, then punched like I normally would.  The punches go through this stuff like butter, I'm tellin' ya'!  It's brilliant!  Same with the little butterflies.  A TINY piece of colored tape on white paper, punch - cute little washi tape butterflies!  (The bunny is NOT tape - I punched that cutie from a lovely piece of A Muse Bark notecard.)

Hope you have a lovely weekend!  My plans - sleeping in!


PS - You may have noticed a little blog housekeeping going on.  It's still a bit of a work in progress, so bear with me just a wee bit longer.  All will be back in place soon - with a few new bells and whistles to boot!

April 02, 2010

last minute bunny goodies ...

Need a last minute treat you can put together in no time flat?  This cute little chappy holder goes together in no time! 

All you need is two pieces of cardstock cut to 2¾" x 5¾" and scored at 2½" and 3¼"

To make the the little interior notch to hold your chapstick ...

  • Turn the cardstock you'd like to use on the inside so the score lines are horizontal.
  • Measure in 1" towards the center, from each side, and mark that spot on the top score line.
  • With a ruler and pencil, lightly draw a 1¼" line straight down from that mark, passing over the second scored line (which will be below it) by ¼". (This is ok - you WANT to do that).
  • Repeat, drawing the same 1¼" line straight down from the 1" mark on the other side.
  • Using a cutting blade and ruler, cut the lines you've just drawn.  (If you have a rotary blade cutter, you could do this with it - that's how I did it.)
  • You're done with the inside!  Time to fold!

After I folded both pieces of cardstock, I lined them up and used a strong adhesive to put 'em together (taking care NOT to add adhesive in the opening created by the holder). 

Then it's down to the decorating!  I have to admit, I was kinda' giddy when I finished this up!  We did this as a make-n-take last Halloween when I was teaching at Mom's and I've loved 'em since (but never had a chance to put it to use on my own - until now)!

Are you making any paper-crafty bunny treats this year?

paper: clouds, yellow petite gingham cardstock, grass green petite gingham cardstock, papaya notecard, juliette blush cardstock, bark notecard (a*muse)
embellishment: papaya sheer ribbon (a*muse)
other: grass punch, bunny punch, easter basket and eggs punch (martha stewart crafts)

April 01, 2010

love my tapes designer spotlight ...

For those of you on my Facebook feed, you already know about my love affair with washi tape (aka Japanese masking tape).  I've been pettin' it for months now - seriously can't get enough of the stuff.  So you know I'm thrilled to be in the "Designer Spotlight" on the Love My Tapes blog today!  Here's a peek at just one of the projects ...

... I sure hope you'll head on over to the Love My Tapes Blog to see the rest!  (Be sure to leave a comment over there and say "hello!" *grin*)

See you there!


PS - Don't forget to check out the A Muse Blog today too!  It's the last day of Woodland Critter goodness, but there's still lots of inspiring ideas!

stamps: life's a breeze (a*muse)
paper: clouds cardstock*, toffee cardstock*, papaya notecard, yellow petite gingham cardstock (a*muse)
ink: memento tuxedo black (tsukineko)
other: japanese masking tape (love my tapes), white scrapper's floss (karen foster), 1¼" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1¼" square punch (used to make "tails" on the flags) (ek success)

*available 2 April, 2010

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