Wednesday, January 30, 2008
You must register to join and we request that you supply us with your mailing address and birthday so that cards and such may be sent to you. If you don't want to do that, just fill it in with No Thanks or zeros.
We are so excited about this. We hope you can join us over there for lots of things:
* PRIZES (did I mention PRIZES)
* STAMPING, STAMPING, STAMPING!
I figured Julie needed a little something to play with. Here is a spinner card that I made just for her. The stars spin around Elzy. The tutorial for spinner cards and many other interactive cards can be found on Splitcoast here.
The inside, which I clearly forgot to photograph, says "Shut Up!... It's Your Birthday... THUD".
Does anyone you know say things like that? Hmmm....
This card below is by my fellow A Muse Addict Sister, Donna Gotsch. We needed somewhere to showcase her work! Julie, this is for you from Donna!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
We'll make 6 cards just in time for Valentine's Day and they all have some kind of sparkle to them ;)! Glitter at someone else's place is so much more fun to use than in your own house!
Come join me!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Michelle and Heather, both on the A Muse team, created 2 cards that I've sorta meshed together into my "own" fabrication. After I saw Heather's paper piecing on the car, I had to try that. And well, my card is basically the same as Michelle's layout only flip-flopped.
I do like this little car Elzybell. She goes with so many of the A Muse stamps. So cute! Everything is on dimensionals - the sentiment block, the sun, and the car! I should probably hand deliver this card, eh?
Images by A Muse and Elzybells NA.
Card stock by A Muse
Accessories include black and white gingham ribbon by Stampin' Up!, basic black brads by Stampin' Up!, Dimensionals by Stampin' Up!, Atyou Spica Glitter Pens, White Sharpie Poster Paint Pen, Copic Markers, Martha Stewart Punch (for the sun)
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Anyway, I needed to make her a birthday card and I hadn't used my Birthday Elzybell yet! Did you see the release last week? Oh my!
Here's my super quick card....
Images from Elzybells NA and A Muse; Card stock from A Muse; Chocolate Chip Wide Grosgrain from Stampin' Up; Twinkle stickers by A Muse; Ticket corner punch from Stampin' Up!; White Sharpie Poster Paint Pen; Adirondack Espresso Ink, Adirondack Pitch Black ink; Corner Rounder punch from Stampin' Up!, Copic Markers, Spica Red and Clear pens
Happy Birthday, dear friend!
I'm so sorry for the inconvenience. I hope you can make it to the morning class that day!
Thanks so much!
p.s. my updated schedule is at the top of my blog.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Here is card #2 from the set:
Images and card stock from A Muse, Lavender and Black Spica Pens, Twinkle Circles, Sakura Stardust Pen, Tombo markers, A Muse ribbon
Monday, January 21, 2008
Hope you like it.
Images: all A Muse artstamps
Card stock: Lime Green Band Card by A Muse
Accessories: Adirondack Pitch Black Ink, Copic Markers, Spica Glitter Pens, 1" circle punch
ETA: These bunnies have White Fun Flock on their bunny tails!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Here's my card:
Are you enjoying the sneaks? One more sleep until the reveal!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Today's sneak peek was fun for me. I had the "vision" of it in my head for a while. With the use of my handy Xacto Knife, it came to fruition. The only problem is I have that "Just Swingin'" song from the 80's in my head. Ack!
Hope you like it!
Stay tuned for more sneaks tomorrow! The release will be on Friday on the Elzybells blog.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Be sure to check out the Elzybells NA blog, all of the Elzybells designers, the A Muse designers, and of course, my fellow A Muse instructors! You're bound to see lots of different things....
Post a comment here and let me know what you think about these stamps. I'm dying to see what you gals think of the new release!
The rules are that you have to answer these questions and then come up with my own question that asks about 2 of something and finally, tag two people.
1. Name your 2 favorite Stamping (changed from Scrapbooking topics) techniques: Starburst and Embossing with classic (dye) ink
2. What are the 2 best places you've been to: Banff, Canada and Kauai, Hawaii or Hong Kong (hard to pick)
3. Name 2 things you do everyday: check my email and brush my teeth
4. Tell us 2 things that everyone pretty much already knows about you: used to be an Engineer and I like to tell stories
5. 2 places you wish to visit: Greece and Australia
6. 2 things you may not know about me are: I don't like seafood and I get my eyebrows threaded (not waxed)
7. 2 nicknames you've had at some time in your life: um, no.
8. Name 2 of your favorite drinks: Starbucks Frappucinos and Diet Coke
9. Name 2 interesting (good or bad) jobs you've had in your life: Activity Director at a Nursing Home, A Muse instructor ;)
10. What are 2 things you would like to learn: how to live with less and how to relax
11. What 2 things would make your scrapping/stamping workspace work even better for you: A holder for my Copic markers and more time in it
12. What are 2 of your favorite stamp companies: A Muse and Papertrey ink!
13. What are your 2 favorite stores: A Muse and Coldwater Creek
14. What are your 2 favorite accessories to stamp/scrapbook with: Ribbon and glitter
15. What are your 2 favorite occasions to make cards for: Christmas and Halloween
16. What 2 times are the best for you to get stamping done: Late at night and weekends.
17. What are the last two cd’s you bought or two artists you downloaded: Enchanted Soundtrack and High School Musical 2 Soundtrack (oh, geez!)
18: What are your two favorite colors: Purple (deep) and Navy
19. What are 2 of your favorite things to wear: sweatshirt and jeans
20. Name your favorite tv shows: Grey's Anatomy and October Road
Now, my two people to tag:
Elena and Nicole
The new release of Elzybells sneak peeks start tomorrow! I LOVE them all... I think you will too. So CUTE!
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Stay tuned... more sneak peeks from my upcoming classes AND starting Monday, the new release of Elzybells!
The following are the new sessions that were added today:
- Feb 2nd 4-6 Valentine Sparkle, Memory Depot, Austin, TX
- Feb 23rd 4-6 Just for Friends, Elzybells Style, Memory Depot, Austin, TX
- Mar 22nd 1-3 Spring Bling, Memory Depot, Austin, TX
For my entire teaching schedule for Austin and Salado, Texas, please see the top of my blog.
THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH! I can't wait to see you at one of these classes!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
NUM = new, unmounted
NM = new, mounted, never used
Prices do not include shipping and buyer to pay shipping, if mailing is needed. Paypal is preferred but not the only payment method.
|Stamp Set||Price||Quantity|| |
|a light heart||$12.00||1||used|
|aida cloth||$10.00||1||sold |
|all the best||$10.00||1||used|
|booglie eyes||$12.00||1||sold |
|delight in life||$8.00||1||used|
|elegant inspirations||$12.00||1||sold |
|expressive flexible phrases||$25.00||1||NUM|
|figures of speech||$10.00||1||sold |
|holiday blocks||$12.00||1||sold |
|holiday spirit||$10.00||1||sold |
|I'm here||$16.00||1||sold |
|it's snow time||$22.00||1||used|
|loving hearts||$12.00||1||sold |
|oh so lovely||$10.00||1||sold|
|on the spot||$10.00||1||used|
|so many sayings||$14.00||1||NUM|
|solemn stillness||$22.00||1||sold |
|stinkin' cute||$12.00||1||sold |
|tags so much||$14.00||1||NUM|
|the world over||$8.00||1||sold |
|warmest regards||$12.00||1 ||NUM|
|well worn words||$10.00||1||used|
|whimiscal alphabet upper||$20.00||1||used|
Thanks for looking. If you have any questions, please ask!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
So, you've probably all read all sorts of tips and tricks from the JulieHRR and Ellen Hutston about these wonderful markers. IMHO, these markers are fabulous. I didn't realize I would love them so much. I have a lot of marker sets and this is by far by favorite.
I've read all sorts of stuff about them and the main thing I found is that you need to let your ink sit for a while to dry before coloring it in OR heat set it with your heat gun and then color. Hmm. Those ideas don't work too well for me - the lazy stamper.
Let's talk about lazy for a second. I'm a simple stamper. If it takes too long to do or too much to get setup, etc. then I won't do it. Don't get me wrong, I love to emboss, etc. but I prep once and then make a ton of stuff that way. This doesn't work well in a classroom environment like my A Muse classes. Also, as you know, I have 2 small boys. Well, I don't keep the door to my studio closed and I rarely put stuff away in there. My boys are very good at not going in there and messing with my stuff (knock on wood!). There are some things I don't leave laying around though like scissors, especially the pointy ones, and my heat gun. I don't leave it plugged in and it's actually not even out (it resides in a drawer next to my work space). So, getting it out to heat set my black ink to color something is just not going to happen.
Ah, so began my quest to find the right ink (if there is such a thing) that will work with these markers and not have to be heat set. I read and read and talked and talked to people. Well, the other day, I'm chatting with kasevers online and I knew she's a Copic user (that sounds bad, doesn't it?! ;)). She tells me that she uses Adirondack by Ranger and that she read this article on Ellen Hutson's blog. WHAT? How did I miss that? Well, it was back in August. I wasn't paying attention to Copics then. Yeah, that's my excuse.
So, of course, I decided that I needed to do the test myself with A Muse images and with A Muse white card stock. And if you're still reading this, here's what I found...
I tested 6 black inks on A Muse white card stock with 4 Copic Originals and with Boris (and I purposely went over the lines a bit to see what happened):
*Adirondack pitch black
*Versafine onyx black
*Palette noir black
*Archival Ink jet black
*Stazon jet black
*Brilliance graphite black
Now, I know that those 6 pads are all different (dye, pigment, solvent) but I wanted to try all that I had (except the Stampin' Up! Black - which mine is purple :( ).
I stamped each individually, did NOT heat set, colored with Copics as fast as I could and sat back and analyzed ;).
*Adirondack pitch black - did not bleed, feather, run or anything; Perfection!
*Versafine onyx black - almost worked but the black in Boris' hair ran a bit when the Copic went over it
*Palette noir black - black in Boris' hair ran a bit when the Copic went over it
*Archival Ink jet black - ick
*Stazon jet black - yuck
*Brilliance graphite black - oh, heavens no
Again, I'm not claiming that this is the end-all-be-all, there are many more experienced people out there than I but I do think I found my solution! Hope this helps.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Well, on to my card. I'm so proud of myself... I actually used some of my stuff I hadn't yet... Copics, Spicas (ok, so I've used these for a few days now but still), Nestabilities (hard to see in the picture but the black square has an embossed square on it), and the Cuttlebug snowflake folder (bought this Christmas 2006 - HAD to have it!).
I do like this color combo... as in, I liked it so much for my Christmas Cards that I thought it was appropriate to use for this type of card. :)
All images by A Muse Artstamps and Elzybells NA Card stock by Stampin' Up! Ink: Versafine Black Accessories: SU! Word Window punch, Copics, Square Nestabilities, Spicas, Sakura Stardust Pen, Dimensionals, Cuttlebug, Snowflakes embossing folder
Isn't that penguin SO cute? I just love him!
Monday, January 7, 2008
As I was thinking about him today, I thought about how he made one decision in his life that had so much to do with my life today. I'm certain that he and my mother made all sorts of decisions that led me to be the person I am today but this particular decision is the one I thought of today.
When I was 11 years old, we lived in Ontario, Canada. My parents decided to move to Texas then. That one decision impacted my life in so many ways. Sure, he could have decided to move to Kansas and maybe my life would have be similar - who knows? But so many things have come from us moving here. I went to and graduated from the University of Texas with an Electrical Engineering degree. I went there because it has a GREAT Engineering school but I also went there because it was close to home. I met my husband there. How very blessed I am for this. We decided to stay in the area because my family is here and we love Austin so much. Then came our boys. Well, ok, so I can't talk/write about that.
I'm trying to make a point. Here's another story. A year ago at Thanksgiving, my then 4 year old's preschool class was on television for "getting kid's advice about Thanksgiving". It was super cute and they all did so well. I wrote a note to the preschool director after this aired on television. I told her I was so thankful that she picked my son's class to do the tv spot. I said, you made one decision today that impacted lives all around the world. To her, she made a decision about which class she should volunteer. To me, my 94 year old great uncle halfway across the world in India, got to see his great-great nephew sing on tv (web telecast). To me, that one decision she made impacted my family's life.
Alright, so, what's my point, you ask? In January, we all do a lot of resolving, starting over, etc. I do a lot of reflecting, too. Maybe you do too. Where am I now, what have I learned, etc., how can I better myself. Well, with today's reflection about my dad (and consequently, the tv thing), I think making choices and decisions regardless how small or big are important. Tomorrow, I wish for you to think about one decision you make and see how it might impact others around you. It may not but it might. Maybe all you will do is think about this post. And that's ok too. Please, don't feel sorry for me. My dad was a great man. I miss him but I have the greatest memories and part of him is in my children. I so see him daily. ;)
Thanks for listening.
Amy, please email me and we'll chat about what set you want!
Thanks everyone for playing. I REALLY enjoyed reading all of your resolutions. Keep at it! I know I'm going to add some of yours to mine... like use more of what I have!
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Well, I had that in my mind and I wanted to "recreate" it in a card. This is another for the Julie's A Muse team's monthly challenge (to create an interactive card with A Muse's new Valentine's day images). It's one of those view master cards. The directions are on Splitcoast.
If he does love me, the view master shows hearts. Aww....
Um, well, if doesn't love me, the view master shows "Nuts" from the "Nuts about you" sentiment. Doh!
And apparently, I am very geeky and very addicted to showing you these cards in motion. I can't stop. What would you all think of me, if I didn't show it in motion? LOL.
CLICK ON THIS ONE TO SEE IT MOVE:
All images and card stock by A Muse art stamps
Accessories: CM Circle Cutter, Brad, SU! Scallop Punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1" circle punch, Copic markers, Dimensionals, Copic multiliner 0.5 pen
Call Memory Depot at 512.326.8045 to reserve your spot! Hope to see you there.
ETA 01/09/2008: Registration is now open for this class. Slots are limited! Hope to see you there.
WOW! Most of you save your cards, too. That's very impressive. I received an email from Claudia about an organization that is always looking for cards for our devoted soldiers. Here's the link to Cards for Heroes. I think I'll look into this a bit more. I just don't have the space to keep all the stuff I want to keep.... not just cards! LOL!
Anyway, here are the poll results:
Save them. 61%
Throw them away. 10%
Recycle them. 24%
Thanks again for participating!
Saturday, January 5, 2008
The A Muse crew has our own challenge of sorts going on and it's to make an interactive card using the new Valentine's Day stamps. So, as you know, I like to make one card fit multiple purposes (the interactive drinking bird card was part of this challenge too). I decided to try to do Jennie's challenge and the A Muse crew challenge together.
The bandit stamp has to be one of my favorite stamps of the new release. And so I used it for this shaker card!
Images and card stock by A Muse
Ribbon by A Muse
Accessories: Copic markers, SU! micro beads, acetate, foam tape, Marvy Giga Scalloped Heart Punch, SU! white craft ink, SU! White embossing powder, heat gun
Now, you want to see it in action, don't you? Just humor me.... click on the picture to the right to see it "shake".
As always, thanks for checking in.
Friday, January 4, 2008
So, as I'm sure many of you do, I don't actually "do the resolution thing". Well, sorta. A few years ago, I decided to give up on the ones that we all make because they just made me feel bad when I failed at them. Rather, I decided to make things that will make me feel GREAT if I succeed and not feel poorly if I fail. Some might call them "goals". I still like resolutions better.
I don't like the color red that much. Never have. I'm a cool jewel tone person... sapphire, emerald, etc. Oh, and I love purple - like you didn't know. But the regal purple. Anyway, rubies and garnets aren't on my list. Diamonds, however, are. WHO doesn't like diamonds? One year, I "resolved" to wear more red. The first step, however, was to acquire red. This resolution started out alright. I acquired red and actually forced myself to wear it...something like twice. That resolution failed but I didn't feel badly about it. I tried and then it was done.
Last year (for 2007), I came up with 2 very simple resolutions:
1) Resolution: To actually send out cards to people.
I make them. I should send them. It always brightens my day to receive one. So, I should do that to someone else.
Actual Outcome: I did really well at this but the key was in January 2007, I spent time making address labels for those people that I send to most often. I also kept a birthday list next to the address labels, stamps, etc. I organized that whole thing so that it's easy to do (I got a table top clear, acrylic file folder from the Container Store to sit on my desk - it has a folder for stamps, return address labels, address lists, pre-printed mailing labels, bills, etc.) I figured out that the reason I never sent stuff was that I was "too lazy" to figure out the address, and do all that busy work to get it in the mail. So, I had to come up with something that would make the job easier!
2) Resolution: To make a card EVERY DAY.
So, no, I didn't mean make 1 card each day, I just meant that I should create and do it as often as possible. By now, you may know that I don't make one card at any one time. I make lots at a time. Usually 12 or more. Well, 12 in one sitting counts for 12 days. See? The point here was to make myself create more.
Actual Outcome: I made well over 365 cards last year. But even more that that, is I crafted way more than the year before because of this resolution. It was in my head and it made me create more. That made me happier. And I watched less of the brain-sucking device!
Other crafting things that I am proud that happened:
A) I started this blog. This blog makes me create more of my own stuff and less CASEd work because I didn't want to put up stuff that I copied from others. THAT in of itself is my first and foremost reason for keeping up with it (and all of you, of course ;))!
B) I started the bumper card society with my Stampin' Up! customers/friends. Basically, it's a once-a-month send-a-card to someone on the list program. I had no idea that it would continue through the year and that so many would like it. I have to give thanks to all of you that participated. In August, I took bumper cards to the blog world but playing a game of tag. It was fun to see bumper cards go all over the globe. In September, Bumper Cards hit the A Muse Addicts yahoo group. What fun! I am honored and humbled that this is so successful. It warms my heart.
C) With the help of my friends, Michelle Clark, Jennie Moczan, and Rhonda Maynard, we started a little group of A Muse Addicts on yahoo of maybe 10 people (including us!) and we now have over 200 members and are still growing. I have found some wonderful friends there that share my love for A Muse and also for Starbucks ;)!
Good golly, are you still reading this? Wowza... supposed to be a resolution list not ramblings!
So, on to 2008.... I'm going to keep my 2 from last year:
1) Resolution: To actually send out cards to people.
2) Resolution: To make a card EVERY DAY.
3) Resolution: To do more Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) - I have a plan. Stay tuned.
4) Resolution: To create earlier than later and try to work better without pressure! LOL!
I'm going to start with these. Yes, these are all craft related. The non-crafting ones are a given, aren't they? To be healthier, to spend more time with my kids (although I don't think that's possible!), to be a better wife, friend, daughter, sister, mother, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, aunt, niece, and LISTENER. Basically, to ENJOY LIFE.
I think it's important to have crafting resolutions. So, in order to get you to make them... guess what? I'm offering up yet another Stampin' Up! retired stamp set from my collection. I will let the winner pick from a list of stamps. Leave a comment here with YOUR REALISTIC CRAFTING RESOLUTIONS - i.e. ones that you promise to try to do. Do this by Monday, January 7th, noon Central Time. I'll pick a winner randomly. Please leave your email address so I can contact you.
ETA: Please click on the card to see it move. :)
All A Muse images and note cards (some scrap cardstock by SU!).
Copics, dimensionals, file folder punch (SU!), Sakura glaze pen
Jennie, I'm considering myself done! Thanks for making me think upside down and inside out! MWAH!
ETA: So, it's morning now and I realized that I didn't actually write up the "story" behind this card. Must have been in "gotta-get-to-sleep" mode! LOL. Anyway, along with my google research I mentioned below, I also tried to find a picture of one of those "drinking joe" things. Don't google that either. Apparently, they are called "drinking bird" not "joe". Well, I grew up in Ottawa (the Canadian one) and I remember walking by a storefront there when I was little. In the window was a rather large one of those drinking birds, but not the chemically balanced one but the metal one that balances on a little spiky point. You barely touch one end and it makes the bird drink. Anyway, this card was to honor that memory. As always, thanks for listening.
Okay, so I've griped and complained to my wit's end to the 3 of them all week. The THREE of them have kicked donkey tail on this challenge. I can not compete. But they pressured me into it. Don't feel sorry for me? Yeah, I didn't think so. Thanks.
Onward. So, all week I've been trying to think of something. I even googled "tea cup, teacup, cup and saucer, etc". I stupidly googled "Coffee, Tea, or Me". Don't do that. Yikes. I thought that was a line from some comedy but that's not exactly what I found. Oops. Tea cup is also a reference to tiny dogs. Did you know that? These are supposed to be the ones smaller than toy dogs. Well, it's not an official name for them but it was in wikipedia... doesn't that make it official? And being the owner of Papillions makes it ok for me to call my smaller than toy dogs, teacups, right? Yeah, that still didn't help me make a card.
So, press on. I stamped the cup and saucer stamp all over a scratch piece of paper. Right-side up, upside down, on it's side, stacked, etc. And then stared. Interestingly enough, upside kinda reminded me of the old rotary phones. Do you remember those?
Alright, it's late. Here's what I ended up with for card number 1:
Little MB Girl is sitting on some 'shrooms! Do you see them or was I just smokin' some? And well the ants are in there just because I had my weekly fire ants shot today.
Did that work? Did I use it for some other than it was intended?
All images by A Muse All card stock by A Muse Copics, SU! inks, SU! ribbon, A Muse ribbon
Did I stop there, you ask? I should have... but no.
Can you guess the reference? Hint... it's a kid movie....
Card number 2:
The quote is handwritten and reads "Mama, There is a girl in the castle!".
Okay, another hint... it's a Disney movie.
Not a great card but sorta a different use for the cup and saucer.
What do you think?
I have one more but I'll put that in a post of it's own.
Egads, this was hard.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Here we are. Another year. I've been meaning to post all day but time has flown by today. We've hung around inside because we live in the self-proclaiming ALLERGY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD and today it is so true. My eyes are RED and not from the drinks last night!
We celebrated last night with our best friends at the Melting Pot. Yummy. Everyone else had "real" drinks and well, I had TWO (yes, two) Yin Yangs.... aren't they pretty? They really were milkshakes with some alcohol in them. But they were GOOD.
We came home before midnight because we had inlaws babysitting our 2 boys and my 3 yr. old nephew. The 2 oldest boys (5 and 3) were still up when we got home. Isn't that what a sleepover is all about? Uh, no. It's not. Not at 5 and 3. No. No. No. So, I spent some time laying on the floor in my studio (that's where we set up cots for them to be together) "helping" them to stop talking, getting up, singing, stalling... stalling... stalling...
They were finally asleep at around 11!. So, not to bad, right. Yeah, keep thinking that. My early bird son was still up at the butt-crack of dawn... 6 am, rise and shine! Happy NEW year!
Anyway, I did sneak in to make this card to give to all of you (virtually!). I'll have another post sometime soon about resolutions, of sorts but not tonight.
Here's a card I made to submit for the Yahoo A Muse Addicts group Home Page Contest. Are you a member of our group? Join us.. there's a button on the right over there ----->. It's a ton of fun... lots of inspiration there.
Card stock by Stampin' Up! (basic black, real red, whisper white)
Metal from Making Memories
Accessories: Spica Glitter Pens, Cuttlebug, bubbles embossing folder; Ribbon by A Muse, Silver Cord by May Arts, SU! Silver Eyelet, Crop-a-dile
I wanted to show the sparkle from the champagne. I used the gold spica pens here. If you don't have any of these, you REALLY should get them. You can find them here.
Have a great 2008 and may you have more time to stamp!
With today, starts another Stampin' Up! Catalog period, which means it's time to ring out the old and bring in the new! Or something like that ;)....
I've added a paypal store front to my side bar.
Please let me know if you're interested in any of them!
Thanks so much!
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Timestamp: 2008-01-01 18:49:01 UTC
which means Rochelle you WON! Here's what Rochelle said she is thankful for:
I am thankful that my daughter and her family are finally her in the USA! She lived in England for 3 years and had 2 beautiful baby girls while she lived there. My grand-daughters, June 2-1/2 and Sophie 1-1/2, are the loves of my life, and I am so happy to have them here.
December 29, 2007 6:43:00 AM CSTRochelle, please email me and we can figure out what set you want! Thanks!