Friday, November 28, 2008

*i'd pick you!*

I was playing around with my Cupcake Builder set again today, and it turns out that the polka dot cupcake bottom is not the only cupcake bottom to make a super cute flower pot! I whipped up three flower pots so that I could play along with Glenda's Random Amusing Challenge #2.

Speaking of challenges... I'm hoping to find the time to play along with a few more challenges. They're fun, and they're good for getting my creative juices flowing. They help me to try new things, and it's good to get out of my "comfort zone" once in a while.

I'm also trying to find fun new ways to use my stamps. It makes me feel better about all those stamps I've bought on a whim and rarely ever use!
A Muse notecard, papers, ribbon, black dye ink, images, and sentiment. Fiskars mini scalloped scissors. Copic markers and spica glitter pens. Pop dots.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

*love blooms*

I was playing around with my Cupcake Builder set this morning and discovered that the polka dot cupcake bottom makes an awfully cute flower pot... and the fluffy top makes a perfect cloud. You gotta love A Muse stamps! So many fun possibilities!
A Muse notecard, papers, ribbon, black dye ink, images and sentiment. Stampin' Up sanding block and dimensionals. Copic markers and clear spica glitter pen.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Today I found some time to play along with Heather's Share Your Spark Fridays Challenge. Last week's challenge was to design a card using letters. I pulled out my tiny flower alphabet set to stamp the word baby and then added some more flowers using the sweet little blooms and leaves from the cupcake clear set. I layered it on a piece of pink chiffon notecard, added a pretty pink satin bow, and attached it to a green kitchen note. Easy scheemsy... and oh so sweet!
Notecard, papers, tiny flower alphabet, and cupcake clear set by A Muse. Memento rhubarb stalk dye ink. VersaMagic tea leaves chalk ink. Heidi Swapp edge distressor. Copic clear spica glitter pen. Stampin' Up sanding block. Satin ribbon from stash.

Friday, November 21, 2008

*sending you sunshine*

I set aside a little time this morning to make this card for a friend who could use some cheering up. I hope it brings a smile to her face. I dug out a clear set that I've had for quite some time called Fresh New Day by Penny Black. The sheep and sun are from that set. I paired them up with some of my A Muse favorites to create a happy little scene.

The sad truth is that I have tons of stamps that have never seen ink, and I'm on a mission to stop storing and start using! So many stamps... so little time!
Notecard, papers, black dye ink, tree, bird, fence, grass, and sentiment by A Muse. Sheep and sun by Penny Black. May Arts ribbon. Fiskars mini scalloped scissors. Copic markers and spica glitter pens. Sanding block by Stampin' Up.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

*think snow*

It's been a while since I've inked up my Saltbox Studio stamps, so when I sat down to sneak in a little stamping this morning, I reached for my Winter Wonders set. This oh-so-sweet snowgirl is one of my favorite Saltbox images, and she's positively precious paired up with A Muse's chubby bird! (Try saying that three times fast!)

My friend and fellow A Muse designer, Novell, hooked me up with a boatload of the new Martha Stewart punches. I've had them for several weeks now, and I finally had the chance to use the picket fence one today. It's one of my favorites, and it's perfect for a vintage flair! Speaking of Novell... did you see her vintage snowman card? Her coloring is amazing, and I swear that snowman looks like it could walk right off the page!

It's starting to look a lot like winter here in Iowa, and before long my kids will be outside throwing snowballs and making snowmen. It makes me cold just thinking about it. A nice warm cup of coffee sounds pretty good right now. ;)
A Muse notecard, chubby bird, and think snow sentiment. Saltbox Studio Winter Wonders clear stamp set. Stampin' Up sanding block, linen thread, kraft cardstock, white craft ink, and creamy carmel classic ink. Brilliance graphite black pigment ink. Copic markers and clear spica glitter pen. Prismacolor white colored pencil. Martha Stewart picket fence punch. Fiskars mini scalloped scissors. Gingham ribbon by Bobbin Ribbon. Button unknown.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

*a get well card*

I can't believe it's been over a week since my last post. Some weeks just seem to fly by! We had parent/teacher conferences, and the kids had a day off from school, so my stamping time has been a bit limited. The stamping I was able to sneak in I can't share just yet...but that's a good thing because it means that sneak peeks are just around the corner!

Here's a card I made for a friend who recently underwent knee surgery. I used A Muse's "feel better soon" sentiment on the inside since I couldn't seem to find a spot to sqeeze it in on the front. I had a few purple scraps left over from the anniversary card in my last post, so I decided to put them to good use. (Either that or Geeta's love of purple is starting to rub off on me!)
Image by Sara Kay. Perfect plum cardstock, Boho Blooms background stamp, white craft ink, and sanding block by Stampin' Up. A Muse purple chiffon and ivory cardstocks, and black dye ink. Copic markers and clear spica glitter pen. Cuttlebug perfectly paisley embossing folder. Yellow satin ribbon (source unknown).

Thursday, November 6, 2008

*happy anniversary*

I love sending anniversary cards. A good marriage is such a marvelous thing to celebrate, don't you think? This card is going to my sister-in-law and brother-in-law. They just celebrated their 9th anniversary, and it looks like I'm going to be late again this year! Better late than never, I always say!
A Muse notecard, papers, and black ink. Say Something Mice stamp set and sanding block by Stampin' Up. Sentiment by Melissa Frances. Cuttlebug swiss dot and floral fantasy embossing folders. Copic markers. Ribbon by RibbonTrends.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

*you're the sprinkles on my cupcake!* - SNEAK PEEK!!!

How's this for the *ultimate* cupcake?... The cupcake that's so big you have to haul it around in a wagon! Now that's my kind of cupcake! The new Cupcake Builder and Baking clear sets will be available tomorrow! You're gonna want 'em both!
A Muse images, sentiment, notecard, papers, and black pigment ink. Copic markers, black multiliner pen, and clear spica glitter pen. Stickles. Stampin' Up crystal effects and sanding block. Heidi Swapp edge distressor. May Arts ribbon.