May 25, 2012

Harry Potter Party


For my son's birthday party this year, we had a Harry Potter party!  I've always wanted to throw an HP party, so it was fun to plan.  I finally uploaded photos of some of the crafty things we made for the party as well as the decor.  Instead of a loooong blog post, I uploaded them to an album and added comments to each photo (be sure to click on each photo - some have multiple comments so you might need to scroll down too).  Click here to see our Harry Potter party photos!  Enjoy!

May 23, 2012

Enjoy the Ride


Hello!  Long time no post!  So long in fact that Blogger has completely changed the way that posts are created - so hopefully this works ok and doesn't look too wonky. 

I thought I'd share this clean and simple card that I made to accompany a bike-themed gift.  One layer cards are so quick and easy to create.  The road lines were made using the "mad for plaids" A Muse Studio stamp set and then the bike image and sentiment are from the "enjoy the ride" set.

Hope you had a nice spring and have a fun summer planned! 
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Images, paper (sugar cut to 4bar size), and ink (pebble, orange, and onyx) by A Muse Studio.  

September 17, 2011

Butterfly Garden Inspired


This card was inspired by this fun Butterfly Garden fabric that I saw on Elisalou's blog. I used several different A Muse Studio nature sets and inks - so fun!

Hope you had a nice Summer and are enjoying Fall!
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Images, paper, and ink by A Muse Studio. Palette Hybrid ink in Claret. Versafine black ink.

July 01, 2011

Have you seen this?



A Muse Studio is going on the road!

Get the scoop and register --> here!

If you live in any of the nearby areas, you have GOT to go - good times!

May 04, 2011

Go forth!


Can't believe it's May already and the school year is coming to an end. Time to think about graduation cards! My cousin recently graduated from Penn State, so I made this card with him in mind. Guy cards can be tricky so I kept it really simple.

A little trivia for you about this "go forth and do good" quote from the new A Muse Studio ConGRADulations stamp set... it was said by my uncle who was the President of Illinois Wesleyan University. He used it frequently in graduation speeches and you can hear him saying it on this youtube (scroll to around 4:35). I am *so excited* to have it as a stamp and you may have also seen a version of it on some of the "quotable cards" products out there on the market (he would vary the wording a bit to keep his speeches fresh). I think it is the perfect quote to give to a new grad and works great for both guys and gals!
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A Muse Studio conGRADulations stamp set, cobalt cardstock, white pearl, 3D foam adhesive, cobalt and onyx inks.

April 07, 2011

Me in Kindergarten


When I was in Kindergarten, one of the parents came to our class and drew silhouettes of each child. We each sat in front of a white screen with a light shining just right to capture our silhouette. My mom has kept mine all this time and recently had it framed for me! I couldn't resist using it on a card after seeing all the silhouette images at the CHA show in January. It's too large to scan, so I took a photo of it and then pulled it into Photoshop Elements so that I could print it on cardstock. Kept the rest of the card simple with A Muse Studio damask shimmer paper and Nestabilities dies - plus a little white organdy ribbon for the final touch.


Sorry for the long blog break! It has been a busy first quarter! Good busy - birthdays, the launch of A Muse Studio, and spring break! Hope you are having a nice Spring!

February 16, 2011

Ooo - A Muse scoop!

Been curious what's going on with A Muse? Here's some scoop! Check out the new A Muse Studio Facebook page! Click on "like" at the top of the Facebook page and then watch the video!

January 20, 2011

Olympia and Hedwig


You might remember seeing this adorable owl on Lisa Spangler's blog early last year (this post is looong overdue!). Her name is Olympia and Lisa sent her to me when I sent her this fun felted flower. Well, soon after Olympia came to live with me, I was inspired to learn crochet. I know how to knit, so it wasn't too much of a stretch to pickup crochet. Within a few weeks - Olympia had a friend... soooo meet Hedwig!
Not too bad for my first crochet project! It was fun, but I don't think I'll be tackling too many other projects like this anytime soon. Just like with knitting, I found that my hands tensed up from working too long. Does that happen to you?

December 13, 2010

Hello tree


I made this a while back and noticed it in my files yesterday - realized I hadn't shared it with ya yet! This was inspired by this adorable lunch box. Super simple and quick! To make the red polka dots, I used a piece of A Muse Kitchen paper and colored in the dots on the printed side with red Copic marker. The dots soak through to the natural white side of the paper! (See this tip on the A Muse blog for a photo and description of how to do this.)
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Images and notecards by A Muse. Lipstick Red Copic marker, black ink, corner rounder, circle punch.

December 11, 2010

12 Days of A Muse Christmas Wishes!


We are having lots of fun over on the A Muse Facebook page! There are ten more days left in the 12 Days of A Muse Christmas Wishes - so there are still lots of chances to win!

Get the scoop on the A Muse blog --> here. Then hop on over to Facebook and share your wish! :)

December 01, 2010

December Calendar


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Images, Black Dye ink, Juliette patterned paper, and calendar by A Muse. White cardstock, Copic markers, Bind-it-all and 5/8" wire, Smooch white, Spica glitter pen.

November 01, 2010

November Calendar


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Images, Black Dye ink, Juliette patterned paper, and calendar by A Muse. Memento Desert Sand ink, White cardstock, Copic markers, Bind-it-all and 5/8" wire.