Saturday, March 29, 2008

*girlie golfer* - sneak peek!

I am very likely the world's worst golfer... but I love the new *lady golfer*. She's so cute in her pink checkered skirt, pink shoes, and pink cap. And, of course, she has to have a matching pink golf bag and cart. She (unlike me) is having an exceptionally good day out on the golf course! Yep... life is good!
A Muse notecard, papers, ribbon, sentiment, and images (golf cart and lady golfer). Elzybells golf bag. Brilliance graphite black pigment ink. Copic markers and spica glitter pens. Marvy scalloped square punch.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

*thank you with a cherry on top* - sneak peek!

I decided to mix things up a bit for today's sneak peek, so I combined "not-so-new" with new and clear with rubber to come up with a classy and somewhat elegant thank you card. The "not-so-new" stamp is the *must have* scalloped line. It's fun to use because you can plop smaller images right inside the scallops for a super cute border. The *new* wood mounted stamp is the sentiment. Don't ya just love the handwriting?... and you can never have too many thank you's! The scalloped circle is from the *new* Circle Frames set, and the sweet little cherries are from the *new* Oval Frames set. Both are clear sets, and they are fabulous! There are 8 fun, new clear sets in this release, and they will be available along with 17 new wood mounted stamps on April 1st.
A Muse images, sentiments, notecard, and papers. Stampin' Up black cardstock. Versafine black onyx ink. CTMH markers (hollyhock and garden green). Fiskars mini scalloped scissors. Marvy scalloped circle punch. Sharpy white poster paint pen. Copic black multiliner pen. American Crafts ribbon.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

*little lady* - sneak peek!

One of the things I love most about A Muse is that their stamps are designed as a collection. That way none of your stamps ever get old, because the new ones can be used with the not-so-new ones to give them a fresh, new look. The *tutu* is the sneak peek stamp, and isn't it sweet with the dance shoes? Any little girl would love this card... especially a little ballerina! It's fun, pink, and oh so girly!
A Muse images, sentiment, notecard, papers, and ribbon. Fiskars mini scalloped scissors. Copic markers and spica glitter pens. Brilliance graphite black pigment ink.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

*somebunny loves you*

I love taking stamps that are somewhat holiday-specific and finding other ways to use them. Here's a fun card I designed for A Muse's last release. I took all these cute little bunnies and made them into a fun kids' card.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for a *sneak peek* of what's coming from A Muse!
A Muse images, sentiment, notecard, and papers. Marvy punches. Brilliance graphite black pigment ink. Copic markers. Stampin' Up sanding black.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

*count your blessings*

It's been a while since I've shared anything Saltbox, so here's a Saltbox card with a little farmhouse country flair. Take a basket of eggs and an old antique table... add a touch of gingham and a few polka dots, and you've got the recipe for a warm and toasty farmhouse country creation.
Image and sentiment by The Saltbox Studio. Very vanilla cardstock and sanding block by Stampin' Up. A Muse bark cardstock. Patterned papers by MME. Fiskars mini scalloped scissors. Brilliance graphite black pigment ink. Copic markers. Ribbon unknown.

Friday, March 21, 2008

*bundle of joy*

I'm a little behind at keeping up with Heather's *Share Your Spark Fridays*, but I finally had a little time today to complete her challenge for March 7th. The challenge was to "try something new, something you've never used before"... which gave me to perfect opportunity to pull out my new Anna stamps! Well, they're not really called "Anna stamps"... that's just what I call 'em! They're the new cling rubber stamps made by Whipper Snapper and designed by the fabulous Anna Wight . I *love* this cow! She is the cutest thing ever and my favorite image in Anna's new *Bundle of Joy* set. I decided to do her up A Muse style. Doesn't she make a sweet baby card?
Image and sentiment by Whipper Snapper. A Muse notecard and papers. Fiskars mini scalloped scissors. Brilliance graphite black pigment ink. Copic markers. Tres Jolie button.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

*best bunnies*

I *love* this sweet little pair of bunnies! They are just so cute with their big ears and fluffy tails... and they're even holding paws! How cute is that?
A Muse notecard, papers, ribbon, image, and sentiment. Stampin' Up sanding block. Brilliance graphite black pigment ink. Copic markers. Liquid applique.

Friday, March 14, 2008

*happy spring*

Here's a fun card I made with some of the new spring stamps from A Muse. "Party chick" is window shopping on a beautiful, sunny day... and she's so tickled about spring that she's decided to celebrate by wearing her cute little party hat!
A Muse image, sentiment, notecard, papers, and ribbon. Brilliance graphite black pigment ink. Copic markers and multiliner pen. Stampin' Up sanding block and creamy carmel classic ink. Scalloped scissors.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

*thank ewe*

Here's a simple card I made several weeks ago for one of the sketch challenges over on SCS. I *love* this shabby sheep from The Saltbox Studio, and I *love* the coordinating "thank ewe" sentiment. I usually struggle with simple cards, but this particular sketch really caught my eye and it came together almost effortlessly. I keep all my scraps in a basket next to my desk, and I grabbed a few that I liked, punched them out, added the sheep and sentiment and some of my favorite gingham ribbon... and it was done. Can't get much easier than that!
Image and sentiment by The Saltbox Studio. Stampin' Up very vanilla cardstock and sanding block. Anna Griffin and MME patterned papers. Cuttlebug Perfect Paisley embossing folder. Ribbon Trends gingham ribbon. Brilliance graphite black pigment ink. Copic markers. Pop dot.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

*hugs and kisses*

It's been a while since I've posted a pocket card, and today I've got polka dots AND a pocket card to share with you! Imagine that! It's hard to believe I was able to squeeze this many images onto one 4-bar notecard. Elyse is just darling with her little pink dress and shiny black shoes. First, she stops at the bakery to pick up a few sugar cookies. (Those are my favorite!) Then she strolls into the sweets shop for a soda and a lollipop. She probably should hit the dentist office next, but instead, she walks into the flower shop and picks up a cheery bunch of daisies to take home to her mom. Isn't she sweet?

Beth has just started sharing previews of the new Saltbox Studio release over on her blog. Be sure to stop by for a *sneak peek* of what's coming!

I always love an opportunity to talk about my talented friends. For those of you who like digital scrapbooking, you're gonna love this! My best friend has been working with PhotoShop for years, and her talent amazes me! There's a digital scrapbooking site called Little Dreamer Designs, and she was chosen to participate in the Little Dreamer Apprentice Program. From March 5-April 1 there will be weekly challenges, and each participant is required to submit items for those challenges. At the end of the four week program, Little Dreamer will choose 5 finalists to submit a full-size kit to sell in the Little Dreamer Shoppe. The kits will be on sale for 10 days at the price of $2/kit. Kit sales will count as 60% of the designers final score, and the designer with the highest score will be offered a position on their team to design kits to sell in their shoppe. Here's a link to their website. You have to register to see all the entries, but it's worth it as there are 40 mini-kits created by the participants FREE for downloading! My friend is Naomi Eggers (simply me Naomi), and her kit is called Spring Has Sprung. I know you're gonna love her kit, so please leave her a comment. It'll make her day!
A Muse notecard, papers, images, and sentiment. Fiskars mini scalloped scissors. Tiny flower punch from Target dollar spot. Yellow brad by Making Memories. Brilliance graphite black pigment ink. Copic markers. Fruit punch stickles.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

*you warm my heart*

How's this for bright and cheery? It's not hard to tell that I'm anxious for spring! Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day. It was a beautiful 55 degrees, and I jumped at the chance to take an afternoon walk with my sister down by the river! By Monday, it was back in the 20's again. I thought for sure I would freeze to death! It has been such a long and harsh winter here in Iowa, and since spring has NOT sprung, I can pretend that it's here by making *springy* cards like this one!

I *love* good mail days! Today I got a package from A Muse, which means I finally have the upcoming release in my hot little hands! I'm also expecting a package from The Saltbox Studio to arrive any day now. I love getting new goodies to play with! The excitement of it all is about to do me in! I can't share any of it just yet, but after I finish my assignments I'm hoping to find a little time to make some *sneak peeks* that I'll be able to share with you here on my blog.
Image and sentiment by The Saltbox Studio. A Muse notecard, papers, and twinkle sticker. Fiskars mini scalloped scissors. Ribbon Trends gingham ribbon. Brilliance graphite black pigment ink. Copic markers. Stampin' Up sanding block.

Monday, March 3, 2008

*you're da bomb!*

Here's a fun card I made that was the featured Card of the Week in last week's A Muse Weekly. I also have a few cards in the *inspiring ideas* section of the newsletter. If you don't already subscribe, you can sign up for it here or click on the above link to see what you're missing!

I don't design many cards with a black, blue and orange color scheme... well, this is probably my first. It seems like I tend to gravitate to the same colors time and time again, so when I try something new that's a bit out of the norm for me, and it actually works... I am bouncin'!

A Muse notecard, papers, image , sentiment, and ribbon. Stampin' Up sanding block. Brilliance graphite black pigment ink. Copic markers. Orange peel Stickles.