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January 23, 2009

share your spark fridays ...

TGIF!  I'm SO happy it's Friday.  And you know what Friday means around here ... another edition of share your spark fridays!

All I can say is "wow!"  So many people creating and sharing this week!  Which means another great week packed with inspiration (and lots of folks sharing their spark for the first time too - welcome)!   Thank you all so much for playing along this week!

Deb
Becky
Amanda
Cheiron
Rose
Glenda
SmilynStef
Jen D.
Pat
Tinla
Jill 
Beth
Meghan
Maria
Rachel
Amy
Lexi (and here and here too!)
Laura
Laura B
Robyn
Dawn
Sheila

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This week's spark is something fun and easy, something you need only the most basic of supplies to try, but something that will really stretch our creativity!

Create something using sponging!

It could be a background, something you mask off for a shape or design like I did, or anything else you can dream up! 

Today I'll be winging my way to Seattle and in honor of that (and getting to visit one of my favorite cities again), here's what I made ...

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I sponged the sky directly onto the card using sky blue ink, a sponge, and a mask I handcut out of a sticky note.  And the water was made by randomly punching with half a small circle punch (with a little glitter added to the white waves).  One of my favorite punch "tricks."

Now it's your turn!  I'm looking forward to seeing how you use sponging on your creations!  And don't forget to share your spark by leaving a link to your creations in a comment on this post!

Siggy 

PS - I'm gonna be on the road for the next few days but will try to check in from CHA when I get there!

January 16, 2009

share your spark fridays ...

Whoo hoo!  It's Friday!  Which means it's time for another installment of share your spark fridays!

You guys seriously need to check out this list!  A couple of gals sharing their spark for the first time, tons of great inspiration, and at least one idea that made me smack my head at it's cleverness (you gotta' check out Sheila's brilliant, money-saving idea for bling - I never woulda' thought)!  Thanks SO much for playing along this week, ladies!

Glenda
Deb
Cheiron
Cris
Pat
SmilynStef
Laura
Lexi
Corina
Tinla
Jill
Amy
Sheila 
Laura

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This week's spark is something that's a fixture in my card-creating arsenal, using a basic tool I reach for again and again: my tiny, sharp detail scissors.  So get out your scissors!  This week's spark is to ...

Create something using an image or sentiment you've cut out!

It could be the focal image, a sentiment - whatever you can dream up!  Let's get those creative juices flowing!  Here's what I made ...

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I cut out the doll and the sentiment and popped them up ever-so-slightly to add a bit of depth over the background tree.


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When I cut out images, I don't get too crazy about perfection.  I think, if you do, you'll just drive yourself batty.  I generally leave a little border around the edges and just go for it! 

I use a small pair of Cutter Bee scissors with pointy tips, but any small pair of scissors you have will work - although I do find the pointy tips really handy for getting into corners.  (Or large scissors if what you want to cut is bigger!)

Now it's your turn!  I'm looking forward to seeing all the creative ways you use cut-outs on your cards!  And don't forget to share your spark by leaving a link to your creations in a comment on this post!

Siggy 

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stamps used ...
doll from hero arts "three japanese dolls" (wood mounted set)
hero arts slanted tree
sentiment and frame from hero arts "mix and match elements" clear set

paper used ...
a*muse
8.5 x 11 madeira brown cardstock
a*muse 8.5 x 11 classic white cardstock

ink used ...
memento rich cocoa
a*muse black dye ink pad

embellishment used ...
hero arts small blossom sparkle gems

January 09, 2009

share your spark fridays ...

Happy Friday, everyone!  And welcome to another week of share your spark fridays!

It's really fun to be back at the sparks and it was SO fun seeing all your cool folded cards last week - some ideas I'd never even seen before!  So cool!  A BIG thank you to everyone who shared their spark!

Jill
Michelle
Glenda
Pat
Lee Anne
Cheiron
Sheila 
Elena
Laura
Debbie (via Emily's blog)

Be sure to check 'em out - LOTS of inspiration in that list!

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Hello, my name is Heather, and I'm addicted to Twinkle Stickers.  *lol*  It's true.  I love 'em so!   I go through phases where I can't use 'em enough.  But it's been a while since I REALLY whipped 'em out and used more than one or two at a time.  And that brings me to this week's spark ...

Show me what you can do with bling!

There's a lot more to use bling for if we put our mind's too it!  Here's what I did ...

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I stamped Hailey's Solid Heart in really soft, pale pink ink ("stamping off" once) and outlined it in different shapes and sizes of pink gems: hearts and large and small circles.


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I know, I know.  It's a lot of gems to use all at once.  This was nearly a whole line of pale pink in my A Muse pack of micro dot Twinkles, and yeah, I cringe at the thought of using up my stash sometimes too, but I'm tellin' ya' - it's so worth it!  This card is laying on my desk sparkling away at me!  (And that's what we have it for, right?  To use!)  So ... get started on that resolution I know some of you made to use your stash!  *lol*

Now it's your turn!  I can't wait to see what you guys do this week!  Use any kind of gem or bling you like!  It doesn't have to be exactly what I used - whatever you have!  And don't forget to share your spark by leaving a link to your creations in a comment on this post!

Siggy

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a*muse stamps used ...
hailey's solid heart
i love you more than (i only stamped the "i love you" bit)

paper used ...
a*muse 4-bar notecard in bark
a*muse 4-bar notecard in chiffon pink
a*muse white cardstock

ink used ...
stampin' up pretty in pink classic ink
memento rich cocoa

embellishments used ...
a*muse micro dot twinkle stickers
a*muse mini dot twinkle stickers
a*muse hearts II twinkle stickers
a*muse pink tutu sheer ribbon

January 02, 2009

share you spark fridays ...

Happy Friday, everyone!  And welcome to an A Muse Sneak Peek edition of share your spark fridays!  It's good to be back! 

Before we get going, I want to take a minute to say "thank you" to everyone who indulged me by sharing your creations last year in these little challenges of mine!  Not only was I shocked that folks were really reading (and actually playing along!), but I was always excited to see what you'd share each week!  So ... THANK YOU!  I'm looking forward to another fun year of sparks!  

Smiley from millan.net

At the start of each new year I find myself making lists of projects to accomplish before midnight tolls on New Year's Eve.  Looking back at last year ... I didn't do so hot.  This year - I'm tryin' harder, so I'm kickin' the first spark of 2009 off with something near the top of my list: challenging myself to try new paper crafty things!  Like folding cards in fun, inventive ways!  And that's your spark this week ...

Make a card, any card, with a non-traditional fold!

There are lots of tutorials out there!  SCS is a great resource!  So go for it!  Try something new!  Here's what I did ...

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I learned how to make this buckle card from the master herself, Julie, while I was out in Seattle a few months back.  I swear, if she can't knock your socks off, no one can.  *laugh*   It's a fun little fold, held in place by slipping a tab (where the cute little birdie is) through an opening cut in the front.  This card is totally inspired by hers!

And how about that cute birdie?  It's just half of the cute new love birds stamp from A Muse's new release!  I love me a cute birdie stamp!  *laugh*

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And when you "unbuckle" the card ... the inside is the perfect spot for a cute Valentine message! 

There's another subtle peek at something new on the card besides the stamps too ... wonder what that could be?  Smiley from millan.net *wink* 

Now it's your turn!  I'm really looking forward to seeing what kinds of fun folds you guys use!  And don't forget to share your spark by leaving a link to your creations in a comment on this post!

And ... be sure to check not only the A Muse News Blog, but the blogs of the other Muses for even  more sneaky peeks!

Have a great day!
Siggy

November 21, 2008

share your spark fridays ...

I don't know about you guys, but I sure am happy it's Friday!  I haven't been posting much (or crafting much) this week.  I'm having some vision issues that have made it a little tougher than normal to be crafty and photo it - which is no fun - but here's hoping it's nearly run it's course!  So, without further ado ... welcome to another edition of share your spark fridays!

Last week these creative ladies shared their spark by making a tag ...

Heather
Emily
Amanda
Shannon
Tinla
Glenda
Deb (and here)
Lori

Be sure to check 'em out!  Makes me want to make more tags!

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For this week's spark, I wanted to challenge you guys to do something REALLY simple.  The holidays are coming up, everyone's bustling about with a million and one things on their list of to-do's, so what better time for a challenge that's easy peasy simple ...

Design a card using letters ...

What could be easier than a simple design, maybe even just one word like I did, using stickers, die cuts, even stamped letters?!  Here's what I made ...

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When I was in Seattle recently for the A Muse get together, I saw a design similiar to this one at Impress in Tukwila (great stamp store!) and my mind starting going!  I loved how they had used letter stickers for the focal point of the card.  So that's what I did and added a wee stamped holly leaf and some bling for good measure.  *smile*  It's REALLY simple, but also a really fun, clean effect, don't you think?

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I made this in minutes.  Seriously.  Minutes.  And that's important this time of year when I feel like I'll never get it all done.  *smile*

Now it's your turn!  I can't wait to see how you guys use letters as the focal point in your card designs!  And don't forget to share your spark by leaving a comment on this post with a link to what you create!

Siggy

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a*muse stamps used ...
holly from peace and cheer set

ink ...
memento bamboo leaves

embellishment ...
making memories fa la la shimmer stickers ("joy")
a*muse micro dots twinkle stickers

 

November 14, 2008

share your spark fridays ...

I'm back!  Again.  *laugh*  All the traveling this month has really put a damper on my crafty blogging.  But I'm home for the next two weeks and hoping to get back to my normal crafty ways!  I've had a lot of fun on the road, but it's good to be home and good to be crafty again!  So without further ado ... welcome to another edition of share your spark fridays

I want to thank everyone who played along last time by using numbers in their creations!

Rachel
Amanda
Nicole (and here)
Pat

Be sure to check out their creations - so cute!

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Since we've turned a corner and are barrelling towards the holidays, I thought a holiday gift giving related spark was in order! 

Create a tag!

How easy peasy is that?!  Here's what I made ...

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When Christmas rolls around, I'll add a name to it and onto a present it will go!  The best bit is that this one took me no time at all - which is a really good thing this time of year.  And while I will be stamping tags too, this one was all die cut using Stampin Up paper and that new gizmo from Making Memories - the Slice.  (Not to mention a bit of A Muse ribbon to top it all off!)

Now it's your turn!  I'm really looking forward to seeing what kind of tags you guys make this week!  And don't forget to share your spark by leaving a comment on this post with a link to what you create!

 Siggy

October 31, 2008

share your spark fridays ...

Happy Friday and Happy Halloween (again)!  It's my favorite day of the year.  Ah.  *laugh* 

Before we get to the spark (which is also an A Muse sneak peek!), I wanted to thank everyone who shared their spark two weeks ago by using their stamps in an "out of the box" way!

Tinla
Tracy
Laura
Nicole

Cute and clever!  Be sure to check 'em out!

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Today's spark, in honor of October 31st, is to ...

Make something using numbers!

If you've been reading the ol' blog here for a while, you probably know I love A Muse's Birthday Builders set (used on this card).  I think numbers are such a versatile thing to have in your stampin' arsenal.  So I was REALLY excited to see the new set, Cupcake Builders, would have it's own set of smaller numbers!  You knew I'd make something with "31" today, didn't you?  *wink*

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So easy, so fun!  The new set has lots of cupcake wrappers and icing ... not to mention lots to decorate the cupcakes with!  I love it!  And see those numbers?  I'm really excited about those!

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And one last touch on top of the flag ... the tiny pumpkin!  Makes a perfect finial, dontcha' think?

Now it's your turn!  I'm really looking forward to seeing what you guys make using numbers this week!  And don't forget to share your spark by leaving a comment on this post with a link to what you create!

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a*muse stamps used ...
cupcake builders set (available online November 3rd)
tiny pumpkin
happy halloween dl

paper ...
a*muse kitchen black 4 bar notecard
a*muse orange crush solid notecard (orange layer)
a*muse vintage orange 4 bar notecard

ink ...
memento tuxedo black

embellishment ...
a*muse orange crush grosgrain stitched ribbon
glitter

October 10, 2008

share your spark fridays ...

Before I get on to today's spark ... I wanted to remind you to be sure to check out the A Muse News Blog today for more information about Operation Hero Mail!

Happy Friday, everyone!  And welcome to another edition of share your spark fridays!  I can't believe how fast this week has gone by! 

I want to thank everyone who shared their spark last week by making a treat container! 

The Talbotts
Laura
Tracy
Nicole
Pat
Sheila
Tinla

You guys gotta' check out the blogs and galleries of these ladies!  There are SO many cute ideas! 

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I think this week's spark is gonna' make ya' think AND be a fun little challenge!

Use a stamp in a way that it wasn't neccessarily intended ...

Hmm ... so what are ya' thinkin'?  It could be a holiday stamp that you use in some way for another holiday or you could do something like I did and use an "everyday" stamp as a holiday stamp!

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This scene with the owl and branch could have been for any occassion or even just a "hello" card!  But add a moon with spooky bats across it and a spooky Halloween greeting ,,, and voila!  It's a Halloween card!  Change the colors or the stamps you use along with it and it's for spring, heck, even a winter scene!

Now it's your turn!  I'm looking forward to seeing what you create! And fon't forget to share your spark by leaving a comment on this post with a link to what you make!

And now ... I'm off to catch a flight.  We're going on a little vacation with our good friends John & Emily (and their daughter Ella) ... I'll post pics from our destination soon!  *wink*

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a*muse stamps used ...
branch from sushi set
owl from nature set
big dot bl
bat trio

paper ...
a*muse orange crush solid notecard

October 03, 2008

share your spark fridays ...

Happy Friday, everyone!  I'm so excited about crafy stuff today!  I can't wait to share the progress on my October Daily with you, but first things, first!  It's Friday!  And you know what that means around here: share your spark fridays!  *insert fanfare and cheering here*  *laugh*

Before we get to this week's spark, I want to thank everyone who was able to play along last week by making a card with polka dots on it ... in some way!

Stef
Lee Anne
Tracy
Tracy
Tinla
Nicole
Sheila
Pat

A big thank you to everyone who played along, some for the very first time!  There's some CUTE stuff in that list ... be sure to check 'em out! 

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I've been looking forward to October sparks for a while now!  I've planned some fun things for you this month - I hope you think so too! 

With Halloween right around the corner (!!!), I start thinking about candy and treats for the little squirts I know (and big ones)!  And it's so much fun to package 'em up all cute (the treats, not the kids *wink*)!  So today's spark is ...

Make a treat container or gift packaging ...

How fun is this gonna' be!?  And you don't have to make somthing for Halloween, it could be for anything at all!  There are a LOT of templates out there (like the one I mentioned in this post or this one) and ... there are a lot of origami folds that make adorable "boxes" and "bags" too!  Which is what I did ...

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Not only was this easy to make, it's a good size too!  Most of the containers I've made in the past are small - really perfect for candy, but not much more.  This one is actually gift bag size!  I added a bit of patterned paper, did a little stamping and punching, and it was done!  Gotta' love that!


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Here's a view of the side.  I cut a scrap of black cardtock to make the handle: which is 12 x 3/4 inches long and attached with brads.


So how did I fold this to make it a box?

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Hopefully this will help a little (please try to ignore the stuff scattered over my table - the October Daily book has consumed my life!  *lol*).

I took a 12x12 sheet of cardstock, scored it at 3" and 9".  Then turned it once and scored it at 4 1/2 and 7 1/2 - these score marks cross over the first ones.  Then I fold on all the lines. 

Here's where the origami gets a little tricky!  I'm gonna' do my best to try to explain what I did, ...

See the bits that will make up the skinny side of the box?  Look at that top portion in the photo - see the diagonal lines on either side?  Those are made by taking the "outside point" of the small square made by scoring, and folding it down to meet the other scored line.  You do that on both sides (you'll see this in the top and bottom of the photo).  Then it all folds together! 

I used sticky strip (the "red tape") to adhere the sides - the only place that needs any adhesive!

(Feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions!)

Now it's your turn!  I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of gift packaging you guys create!  And don't forget to share your spark by leaving a comment on this post with a link to what you make!

Siggy

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a*muse stamps used ...
charlotte
happy halloween dl

paper ...
bazill black 12 x 12 textured cardstock
making memories 12x12 polka dot stripe from Spellbound line (double-sided - cut for spiderweb side)
a*muse orange crush solid notecard

ink ...
palette hybrid black

embellishment ...
queen & co. orange brads (2 - one for each side of handle)

September 27, 2008

share your spark fridays ...

Wow ... can you say "feel like you're banging your head against a wall?"  That was me and Typepad yesterday.  *laugh*  All appears to be well today and I'm sorry for the delay!  So let's get on to the sparks!

Last week's spark was to create something with the effect of aged paper.  I don't think you guys liked this one too much.  *laugh*  However, I still have some great ideas and inspiration to share with you!  A big "thank you" to everyone who got a little messy last week!  *wink*

Pat
Sheila
Lori
Lee Anne

Be sure to check out the clever things these gals made!

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This week's spark is something fun and simple with a LOT of possibility ... 

Make something using polka dots!

Any way you can dream up to use dots - go for it!  You could use patterned paper, lots of gems, embossing, stamping ... so many ways to make a card with dots!  Here's what I did ...

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So simple!  Just a touch of patterned paper, a bit of ribbon, and a wee bit of shadow around the ghost (which is tough to see - but done with a Copic BG10 - my favorite for adding shadow to white)!

Now it's your turn!  I'm looking forward to seeing how you guys interpret "polka dots!"  And don't forget to share your spark by leaving a comment on this post with a link to what you make!

Siggy 

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stamps used ...
hero arts owl-oween set

paper ...
a*muse 8.5x11 kitchen orange cardstock (polka dot strip)
doodlebug design inc. beetle black paper frills (black scallop)
stampin' up whisper white cardstock

embellishment ...
a*muse black grosgrain stitch ribbon

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