Thursday, December 29, 2011


Stamps, that is, not me.  A Muse has released the list of stamps that will be retired which means that when these are sold out they will no longer be available.  If there is something you've been wanting and its on the list, I would get it if I were you as they are only available while supplies last.  Until next time, keep on crafting.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

'Tis the Season

This is a simple card that was pretty easy to put together.  The card base and layer were cut and embossed using the scalloped circle and classic circle Spellbinders Nestabilities dies.  The white layer was stamped with a music background stamp from Glitz using Tim Holtz distress ink in scattered straw.  The sentiment is a Martha Stewart stamp from two or three years ago.  The ribbon is an organza ribbon purchased at Joann's.  The holly was cut on my Cricut.  Till next time, keep on crafting.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Wise Men Seek Him Still

My poor neglected blog.  I'm still here and I have been crafting, I just haven't been posting.  Here is a quick 10-minute card using the O Holy Night stamp set by AMuse.  I did one in black with gold and the other in gray with silver.  How is that for nontraditional Christmas colors?  I do need to revisit my photography lessons because I had a heck of a time trying to get a decent picture.  I hope you like them.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Nothing crafty to post today, I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  Take some time today to count your blessings.  I am so thankful for my parents, husband, children, grandchildren, siblings and other family members; good, lifelong friends; good health and all my needs being met.  God has proven over and over again that He is a provider, a healer, and He is our peace. Above all, He is faithful.  As you sit down today to partake of the bounty of His provision, take a moment to thank Him.  Reflect on what's really important.  Perhaps you have had some financial setbacks this year.  Perhaps you have lost a loved one, lost your job, your house.  Rather than focusing on the losses, focus on what you still have; share a testimony of how God has provided, how He made a way when you saw no way.  I promise you, when you start counting your blessings, your problems won't seem so big.  Have a wonderful day and be blessed.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Here is another autumn card.  The urge is to create Christmas cards but I really need to slow down and enjoy the moment.  There may be another autumn card or two posted before I start posting Christmas cards.  Besides, I have a harvest stamp set that I haven't used yet.  

On this card, I stamped the background by inking up an acrylic block with A Muse Studios pigment ink in wheat.  I used the autumn leaves stamp set and used sponge daubers to ink my stamp in cranberry, pumpkin and papaya.  The sentiment is stamped in french roast.  Enjoy!

Stamps: Autumn Leaves
Cardstock: Sugar
Inks: wheat, cranberry, pumpkin, papaya, french roast
All products by A Muse Studios

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cup of Good Wishes

When I attended the A Muse on the Road event this summer, each consultant was given a really cute stamp set, A Cup of Wishes.  I thought I would take it out and ink it up.  I made a ten minute, clean and simple card.  It took ten minutes because I was trying to fix my boo boo.  If you see it, pretend like you don't.  I really think clean and simple is my style no matter how hard I try to get fancy, LOL.  Anyway, I hope you like it.

Stamps: Cup of Wishes
Cardstock: Sugar
Ink: Pumpkin
All products by A Muse Studios


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Black Friday Special

Wow, two specials in one month.  A Muse has just announced a Black Friday Promotion.

Contact me to schedule your November workshop.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

November Hostess Special

I know you all thought I had fallen off the face of the earth.  I just don't seem to have the hang of working long hours and maintaining a blog.  When I get home from work, I really want to craft but I am absolutely tired and brain dead.  My hat's off to those of you who work, have a family and update your blogs several times a week.  It is a lot of work to make a card or layout, take a decent picture, edit it, then post it.  But that's not your problem and I promise to do better.  

I do want to let you know about the November hostess special. It is the Holly Berry Tags Kit.  With a qualifying workshop, here's what you can earn:

The Holly Berry Holiday Tag Kit includes:
100 Cherry Polka Dot Tags (2.5" x 5.5") (limited edition item available only in this kit)
Holly Berry Vine Stamp Set
8 yards Cherry Grosgrain Stitch Ribbon
Cranberry Ink Pad
Wasabi Ink Pad

For this promotion a qualifying workshop meets the following requirements:
  • totals $350 or more
  • consists of 4 or more unique orders
Here's the flyer:
If you're interested in earning this great hostess gift, send an email to

Until next time,

Keep on crafting.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

October Spotlight

Hi everyone, 
I just wanted to tell you about the October Spotlight.  The stamp sets featured in the October Spotlight are specially priced at 10% off the catalog prices and the pricing is good until November 14th.  These are great stamps to use for your fall cards and  home decor projects.  To order, go to my A Muse website and click shop online.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Autumn Greetings

My World Card Making Day Workshop was so much fun.  We had a great turnout and I think the ladies really enjoyed themselves.  I would post pictures but I didn't ask permission and I won't post anyone's pictures on the internet without asking.  I hope you guys did something fun to commemorate the day.  I have a little card to share with you.  Although we seem to have returned to summer here in the Chicago area, it really is fall and I really love the fall stamp sets I have from A Muse.  This one is called Fresh Foliage and it calls for two-step stamping.  I used the sponge daubers to ink my stamps with more than one color, giving it a bit more dimension.  Anyway, here it is, and I hope you like it.

All products used from A Muse Studio:

Stamps: Fresh Foliage
Cardstock: Vanilla, Vintage Cherry, Cherry
Ribbon: French Roast Twill
Ink: French Roast, Fern, Cranberry, Pumpkin

Saturday, September 24, 2011

World Card Making Day

Well, it has been a little while since I last posted.  I started a new full-time job and I just haven't had the time to put together a blog post.  Hopefully, I will get myself better organized soon, both my stuff and my time, so I can get back to regular posting. I had my first workshop last Sunday and the attendance was great.  We had lots of fun making cards and I think a couple of the ladies were really interested in getting involved with this hobby.  
Don't forget the September Spotlight specials.  You can save an additional 10% on selected stamps (see the post prior to this one). 

Saturday, October 1st is World Card Making Day. Celebrate your love of cardmaking with A Muse Studio and let’s get stamping!

Host to win!
Host a qualifying* World Card Making Day Workshop and you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of five $100 A Muse Studio Shopping Sprees! And, every Hostess will receive a free set of A Muse Studio 4-bar notecards with envelopes - 10 pack ($6 value).

Free gift with every purchase!
Something for everyone! Each customer that places an order at a World Card Making Day workshop, will also receive a free set of A Muse Studio 4-bar notecards with envelopes - 10 pack ($6 value).

Facebook Fun!
Celebrate with us all weekend long as we post fun World Card Making Day challenges and award prizes to our Facebook friends.

I have a workshop scheduled for October 1st and I know those ladies are going to be so happy they attended.  By the way, a 4-bar notecard is a 3.5x5 notecard.

To place an order contact me directly so I can make you part of my workshop.  Until next time, 

Keep on crafting.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

September Spotlight Special

For one month, you can save 10% on the stamp sets used to create these fabulous projects!
Celebrate in Style
Foiled Again!
If You Dare
Victorian Charm
Web Background
And, for a limited time, order the special Jack-o-Lantern cardstock assortment pack - an easy way to get the look showcased in this month's spotlight.
Jack-O-Lantern Assortment Pack contains four sheets each:

Party food has never been cuter - add a fun label to really make an impression! Our If You Dare stamp set makes it easy.
These fun mustache party favors were made with the Foiled Again! stamp set.
Create whimsical lollipop treats using our Foiled Again! stamp set.
The Victorian Charm stamp set makes elegant decor easy!
Celebrate in Style, paired with our Bat Trio die set and Sleepy Hollow cardstock, adds even more elegant appeal to this centerpiece.
A Muse Studio embellishments and dies make decorating a breeze! Onyx satin ribbon, sugar pearl stickers, onyx glitter, and our butterfly dies add an elegant, eerie touch.
We wrapped candles with Sleepy Hollow and Slate Woodgrain cardstock. (We suggest this as a decorative item only. Remember, paper is flammable.)
Trick or treat? All treats here!

To order any of these products, go my webstore. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

I Had a Blast!

Happy Monday everyone,

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the A Muse on the Road event in Rosemont, IL.  I got to meet the other members of my team as well as other A Muse creative consultants from the Illinois/Wisconsin area.  The highlight of the day was meeting the CEO, Linda Hartwick and her cute daughter, Hailey.  Here's a picture of Linda and me:

We made some really cool cards and a treat box using A Muse products.  I must say, the more I use these products, the more I love them.

If you would like to purchase the products used to make these cards, click the email link on the right side of my blog and I will let you know what you need.  Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

It's the Weekend!

I hope you have some happy, scrappy plans for the weekend.  I'm going to my monthly crop this evening and it's really special because one of my scrapping friends is celebrating her birthday tonight so it should be a lot of fun.  Tomorrow is On the Road with Amuse and I am really looking forward to meeting the owners of the company and other A Muse consultants.  I'm also looking forward to the classes.  I'm having my Grand Opening Workshop on Sunday, September 18th at 3:00 and I would love it if you would all stop in and see what A Muse has to offer and wish me well.

The weather has really begun to turn and I am glad.  While summer is fun, I don't like real hot weather.  Fall is my favorite time of year with just a bit of crispness in the air and the beautiful fall colors.  There is the feeling of new beginnings in the air.  Could having an October birthday have something to do with that?  At any rate, that is the inspiration for today's card.

It is a clean and simple card using a stamp from the Beautiful Botanicals 2 stamp set.  I stamped the card base in Versamark and because I didn't clean my stamp well before stamping, it has a faint bit of color.  The same stamp is used for the main image and it is stamped in Pumpkin with a bit of Fern and French Roast daubered (is that a word?) on the edges of the leaves.  It is matted on a piece of French Roast cardstock.  The sentiment is from the Friend to Friend stamp set.  All products are from A Muse Studio.  Well, thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a restful but enjoyable weekend.  Until next time, keep on crafting.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

You're One of My Nicest Thoughts

I hope you all had a great holiday weekend.  We (well, I) did a lot of relaxing and we went to my daughter's for BBQ on Sunday.  Ah, the joys of having adult children.  I haven't hosted a holiday cookout in quite a while--love it!  Anyway, I have a card to share with you today.   It was made using all A Muse products from my starter kit.  I think it turned out kinda cute.  I must say that it was inspired by some of the cards I saw in the A Muse consultant's gallery so if this card is similar to one of yours, thanks for the inspiration.

Don't forget this coming Sunday is "On the Road with A Muse" in Rosemont, IL.  For more information, click the link on the right.  It is going to be so much fun!  The founder of the company will be there and we will learn new techniques, have some hands-on activities, and I believe there will be some freebies.

Until the next time, keep on crafting!

Friday, September 2, 2011

40 and Fabulous

Happy Friday everyone.  I want to share a birthday card with you that I made for a scrappy friends birthday.  She turned 40 and her husband gave her a beautiful surprise party and boy was she surprised.  I don't think I've ever seen anyone cry so much out of happiness.  Anyway, this card was made using the Forever Young Cricut cartridge.  I thought I would try my hand at making a pop-up card.  It was really easy and I think I'll make these more often.  I cut the lady at 4.5 inches and "fabulous" at .88.  The red cardstock is from Papertrey Ink, the black cardstock and patterned papers are from the DCWV La Creme stacks, pearls are from my stash, ribbon is seam binding from Hug Snug and I crinkled it with water.  I glimmer misted the card front to give it a little sparkle.  I hope you like it.

Have a safe holiday weekend and keep on crafting.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

You are Amazing

I finally had some time to play with my new products from my starter kit.  This is an A2 size card and here's what I used:

Cardstock:  sugar, buttercup
Ribbon: 5/8" white grosgrain
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black,  papaya (for inking)
Stamps: Elegant Elements, Clever Girls
Embellishments: Pretty Pearls in Ivory
Die cuts: Nestabilities, Labels Two and Four

I really like how the A Muse cardstock is white on one side which is great for cards.  I did a little embossing, sanding, punching, inking, die cutting, and added a couple of pearls.  Hmm, a good number of techniques on this little card.  I hope you like it.

Supplies are all A Muse except: ribbon (from my stash); embossing folder (cuttlebug); edge punch (EK Success).

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I'm Still Here!

Well, it has been a week since my last post but I have been busy sprucing up the place.  I hope you like it.  In my last post I told you that I would tell you about my other ventures.  I am going to start having monthly stamp clubs, Cricut classes, and I am talking with my local library about teaching cardmaking classes.  I really hope we are able to get that going because that would be so much fun to get together with other ladies (and gents, they craft too you know) and share this hobby that I love so much.

I am having my grand opening workshop on September 18th at 3:00 and if you're in the Lynwood, Illinois area, I sure wish you would stop by.  We are going to make a gorgeous card, have a few snacks and socialize.

If you like to stamp and want to build your stamp collection, hosting a workshop is a great way to earn free products.  If you hold a qualifying workshop, here's what you get:

If you're interested, send me an email.  The address is at the top right of the screen.  By the way, my starter kit arrived yesterday.  Woo hoo!   Everything is absolutely yummy and I can't wait for you to see it.

Until next time, keep on crafting,

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Not Only Do I Love Stamping...

...but I also love scrapping, papercrafting, creating with my Cricut and shopping for craft supplies.  Although I said that I would never create a blog, I'm now doing just that.  I am so excited about my new ventures in crafting that I just have to share them with all of you.

My first news is I have signed up with A Muse Studio as a creative consultant.  When I looked at the catalog (check it out here), I was really impressed by the selection of beautiful stamps and papercrafting supplies they offer.  The stamps are red rubber and I don't know about you but while I do like my acrylic stamps, I get the best impression from deeply etched red rubber stamps. They are cling mounted which means you get all the benefits of using rubber stamps without the storage issues associated with wood-mounted stamps. They come in beautiful space-saving DVD cases which makes storing them a breeze. Also, they are already cut out and indexed, saving you lots of time.

Guess what? For all you Copics lovers, A Muse offers original Copic markers and a lot of the stamps are great for Copic coloring.

You're just in time for:


August 22nd through September 30th  

Host a Workshop with a qualifying order and you can receive extra Hostess Benefits along with a Limited Edition Stamp Set from AMuse Studios
check it out on my A Muse website.

You can also place an order by clicking here then selecting shop online.

Since this is such a long post already, I'll tell you about my other ventures the next time we meet.  Until then,

Keep on crafting,