Friday, February 29, 2008
After having my first son, I realized that "time saving" gifts are the best for moms. If I don't have time to make something, I like to give this to new moms, too. That definitely isn't "cutesy or cozy" but the first time the new mom has to change the sheets in the middle of the night, she'll thank me!
I "always" like to give thank you notes to an expectant mother, if I have time to make them. A friend of mine is expecting a baby girl here in a few short weeks (short to me... not so much to her... don't you remember... pregnancy is about 4 weeks TOO LONG). Anyway, I missed her shower a few weeks back because I had an A Muse class that day or a kid birthday party or something! Geez, can't even remember why I missed it!
So, the night before (are you surprised? Really?), I decided to make her 25 thank yous. I printed the baby's name (named after both grandmas...how cool is that?) on the card stock and then I used my cuttlebug to emboss the baby feet. BABY FEET are my all time favorite baby image. I used my scallop scissors on the bottom to add a little girly to the card. I like the simplicity of this type of baby thank yous. Very elegant but still baby. I figure she'll have a long time of doing the cutesy type of baby stuff but you don't get to do "elegant" baby for very long after the baby is born! KWIM?
I ran out of the baby pink gingham midway through this project, which is so unusual for a hoarder like me! Thank goodness, my neighbor, Amy had some for me to borrow! THANKS Amy!
Anyway, Heather, I hope you liked them and I hope that you have a safe and uneventful delivery! Can't wait to meet her!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The tool is called Fiskars Finger Tip Craft Knife. I think it retails for under $5. But the cool thing is that it slips around your index finger and you end up holding it like a pencil. MUCH more control than the old style xacto. Have you tried it?
I now use mine to make masks and such... whenever I want to cut away part of an image, I stamp the image on a post-it note, cut out the part I want to, then stamp however I'm going to, and then store that post-it with my stamps or on my bulletin board for easy access!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
I already showed one of the cards we did in this post. Here is another one we did...
Her dress is covered in Art Institute Crystal glitter! Very sparkley! Isn't that saying one of the best? Celebrate your inner princess.... LOL
Friday, February 22, 2008
Jennie is bringing in our party.... Challenge #4 over on amuseaddicts.com for our first ever VMAA..... Did I mention there are prizes? Oh, you can't play right now? Well you have until 8pm CST tomorrow (Saturday) to enter!
Challenge #4.... Good Things Come in Threes
The idea is to have 3 of something on your card...
Here is my card...
Know anyone having triplets and all boys? :D
All images, card stock, and ribbon by A Muse
Don't you love the new stitched ribbon from A Muse?
So, how did you do? Did you get all four done in 30 minutes or less?
Here is my card... can you believe it's the FIRST time I've used the polka dot coffee cup! I've had it for a long time!
All images and cardstock by A Muse
I colored in with my Copics but then I put used the lemon spica on the dots and a Sakura glaze pen on the cup to make it look ceramic. Here is a close-up:
Are you having fun? Let us know!
When I thought of this challenge, I thought geez it would be nice to get some more ideas for manly cards.... I'm not talking about little boy cards. I'm talking about ADULT Masculine cards. Then I tried stamping... Yikes. What a hard challenge this was for me. I think it's because I wanted to do a "serious" card. Well, I ended up with two cards... Let me know what you think!
So, I was going for the serious one here. I liked it when I did it and then I slept. And I'm not certain it's what I was going for. I saw a card done by Mark of Deadbeat Designs (local Texas artist) and he did the road thing that way so I had that in my mind. Problem is that my road doesn't really go anywhere.... I thought trees would seem "mature" and manly.
All images and cardstock by A Muse
I don't know a sole that golfs. It seems like engineers golf but I don't know any. Anyway, I used PENCILS on this to color... haven't done that in a long time! I used my new pencils...Koh-I-Noor Woodless Colored Pencils
They are one of Linda's favorite things and they work wonderfully.
All images and cardstock by A Muse
Are you enjoying our first ever VMAA? Let us know what you think!
Up first is Michelle's challenge.... Don't Color Me Baby! (know where that is from? ;))
Here's my card....
I, of course, grabbed my "go-to" stamp... spiral daisy. I *love* that stamp. Last week, I was at Michael's with a 40% off coupon burning a hole in my pocket so I decided to get my very first Brilliance dew drops - in JEWEL TONES... HELLO? Aren't those my signature colors?
Look at this shimmer.... ooh, I *love* them. JULIE=> Why didn't you tell me about these ;)?
Oh, and Michelle, GREAT challenge and I used *purple*. LOL.
So, I've been working on this all day... and some of last night. I called RoadRunner (my ISP) and then pointed the finger at Mozilla's Thunderbird (my email reader of choice). Told me to use Outlook Express.... so I tried that. Changed ONE, YES ONE option and now Outlook Express won't EVEN LOAD for me. I *despise* Microsoft products.... especially today.
More research... and guess WHAT I THINK IT IS? I found documentation to support this - but I'm still testing.... MY SIGNATURE LINE is being blocked by my ISP as spam.... NOT Mozilla you goons....
Anyway.... GUESS WHAT TODAY IS????
I copied Heather (who copied me! LOL! THANKS HEATHER!) for this info:
OVER ON THE A Muse Addicts Site.... Tonight we have our FIRST VMAA - virtual meeting of the A Muse Addicts...
Wait ... what the heck is a VMAA you ask? Every little detail you could ask for can be found on the A Muse Addicts forum:
"VMAA will be a time to test out your stampin' skilz but more importantly just have FUN with your fellow A Muse buddies. We are going to have some challenges and you'll have a time limit to do it in. And of course there will be prizes!"Thanks for listening... OH and if you're waiting for an email from me or I didn't respond to something all week.... please resend!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Here is one of the six cards that we'll be doing there!
We're going to use Copics, Spicas, and a new cutting tool! :)
Hope to see you there!
Monday, February 18, 2008
First, thing I'm behind on is Rhonda nominated me for the You Make My Day Award. I'm going to cheat and nominate AND tag some people (at the end of my post!)
Thank you so much Rhonda. That is super sweet of you! You make my day, too!
Next, Jennie, nominated this little ol' blog of mine as E for Excellent. Jennie, that is so nice, coming from you, who has a great blog!
Finally, Rhonda tagged me again... but she promised this tag game wasn't mean! So, I'll give it a shot....
Stamping Style - Simple (and elegant, if need be)
Inspiration - JulieHRR... simple and elegant.
Color - Regals... Tanzanite, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, etc.
Work space - I have a stamp room that is currently being reorganized!
Perfect day - Sleep in (don't all moms say this), play with kids, stamp the rest of the day, go have dinner and watch a movie with DH at the dinner/movie place we love
First job – Social Director at a Nursing Home
Wildest dream – I'm already living it!
Family – DH, 2 boys, 2 papillons (dogs)
Beverage - Diet Coke, Starbucks MOCHA Frappucinos! (bottle kind!), and Mango Margaritas
Biggest challenge - can I say these tag games? oh no, ok... when i was a practicing engineer, being a woman in a industry full of men was more challenging then it should have been.
So, I'm supposed to tag some people to do this... of course, I'm late doing this (as usual).... So, if you've done it already, skip it. If I didn't list you, please feel free to play along anyway!
So far all of my sneaks have been with the new Elzybells. Today's sneak is with one of the stamps from the A Muse release.
This card uses the new Chocolate Kitchen Note Cards and the Cabana Blue Stitched Ribbon. Aren't the bunnies cute? And you guessed it.... they are FLOCKED and fuzzy and fun! I used White Fun Flock on them.
Be sure to check out all of the sneaks. Not one is the same! And tomorrow you'll be able to find all the new stuff on the A Muse Blog and the Elzybells NA blog.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Here is my card for day #4 of the sneak peeks.
I used my rectangle nestabilities on here. But isn't the image perfect! You can color it in or make it sparkle or just leave the Spring untouched. I used the quickie glue pen by Sakura and covered the Spring with crystal Art Institute Glitter. This is my favorite note card - the Kitchen Purple. PURPLE!! YAHOO! And it has papaya stitched ribbon on it. I love that vibrant color and I'm so not a yellow person!
A Muse and Elzybells NA will release on Tuesday, Feb. 19th. Be sure to check it out. If you have a LSS that carries A Muse and/or Elzybells, check them out because they might have received their orders already!
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Here is my sneak #3. The image is from Elzybells NA. And guess what? The little chick is FLOCKED. Sorry... I just can't stop flocking these little guys. I used my Spicas on this card to make it all sparkly. What I love about this image is that it is just perfect all by itself... it's a sentiment and image all rolled into one! And I like the pink kitchen notecards and I'm not a pink person! Such a good color for the Spring!
Hope you like it! Be sure to check out the rest of the A Muse Crew. There are several sneaks around! All of the new images, notecards and ribbons will be available on Tuesday, Feb. 19th from A Muse or the Elzybells NA blog.
Oh, and this card happens to fit this week's challenge for our A Muse Addicts! Who knew! If you haven't joined us yet, please come on over. We have lots of stuff going on over there!
Friday, February 15, 2008
So by now you may know that this release from A Muse and Elzybells NA is not just the wood mounted stamps!!! NEW PAPER, NEW RIBBON, NEW CLEAR SETS.... WOHOO!
Here's my number #2 for the sneaks. Again, I flocked the little one... Love that stuff. Oh, wait, I said that yesterday....
All of the new products will be released on the A Muse website on Tuesday, Feb. 19th!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I have a special sneak peek
JUST FOR YOU!
This image might very well be my favorite of the new ones. I'm not certain just yet. BUT lookie what I did to those chicks.... The ARE flocked! Oh boy! Oh boy!
So, how do you like the new note cards and ribbon!!!! Oh MY! Have fun looking at all the sneaks today!
Accessories include Copic Markers, Fun Flock (yellow), Giga and Mega Marvy Punches, SU! Oval Punches
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Well, fine then. I do have to say I'm extremely proud of him. I did punch out some hearts for him because the Giga Scallop Heart is a little hard for him to push! But then he took 1 white heart (mega sized) and taped it to the red heart (giga sized), wrote the "to (friend's name)" and "from (him)" on all 21 of them. Then he taped all of those to V-day pencils from the $1 spot at Target. He got them done early and took them to school last Thursday! I didn't even get a picture!
So, back to the pack rat thing. Last September, I bought oodles and oodles of crayon boxes after school started and the back-t0-school sales hit. I ended up giving 22 boxes to the kindergarten class a couple of weeks ago. I was going to give them to them at Halloween... I forgot I had them. Then Christmas... oh wait, we found something else to give them... so I knew I'd give them at Valentine's. Only problem is the class needed them earlier. Well, good thing I gave them out earlier because I wasn't doing his valentine's this year (who says I'm bitter?). Well, I still had some left for son #2. And I still get to do his valentines!. Now, son #2 is not 2 yet. His class consists of 8 kids, including him. I was just going to do something simple like punch some hearts out and stick it on top of these tiny play doh cans I seem to have an endless supply of (See definition of "packrat"). But then I remembered that I did the playdoh thing with these kids. Sheesh. Opened another drawer and there were the crayon boxes. Um, next to 30 little red pails. Those pails were for a class last year that I didn't use them. Hmm, how can I make something cute, clever, FAST and for 2 year olds? Did I mention that it is for tomorrow? Yes, Wednesday.
Here's what I ended up with.
All images by A Muse.
Ribbon from Michael's and May Arts
Pails from Oriental Trading Company.
It's probably good enough for 2 year-olds, right?
Did you see Linda's blog? Something about sneak peeks coming soon.... :)
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
My SU! clubs are fun! The ladies in them are so fabulous and eager to learn and so tolerant of me!
For January, as we do every month, we learned 3 techniques, did 3 cards and 3 ATC-style (although bigger) technique cards to save for future reference.
The first time I saw this technique done was by my friend, Jody Morrow, aka TexasJodyLynn. It's called Corner Rounder Criss Cross, at least that's one name for it on Splitcoast. It's basically the same technique as making scallops with the SU! corner rounder but then overlapping the ends.
All SU! supplies used here. There is Dazzling Diamond Glitter on the heart.
The second card (left) demonstrates the faux rimmed tag technique.
This card is actually (I think) the only card I've ever CASED from the SU! Catalog before. I really liked the dots (Dots are Hot set) so I went with it. We had to use the stamp-a-ma-jig quite a bit on here to get them to line up! Not thrilled with the colors but then again, I've never quite warmed up to Groovy Guava.
All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Finally, the third card was done because my friend, Michelle and I have have been scouring the earth looking for a Rose Red (to match SU! Rose Red) ribbon. She is making her sister's wedding invitations and we need the ribbon to match them! A HA! We can DYE the ribbon with the Rose Red reinker and we'll be set. Okay, so I made this sample for Michelle so she could see how easy it is to do. We dyed a little strip of white grosgrain in rose red reinker.
All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Now, Michelle's sister's wedding invitations... since this hostess club in January, Michelle and I have almost finished the invitations... the bottom 2 layers (of 3) are cut, stamped and put together, the ribbon (A WHOLE ROLL of Vanilla Wide Grosgrain has been dyed and cut), envelopes have been purchased, vellum is cut and ready to be printed on. All that is left is reply cards, a quick trip to Kinkos, and final assembly, I think.
We did all of that in one night by the way... and to heat set the ribbon we put it on a cookie sheet and set it in the oven for 5 minutes!
How about that?
Monday, February 11, 2008
Yes, folks, that actually is an armadillo smoker. Why? I don't know.
Anyway, we had a great time at the A Muse class despite the fact that I have no voice from a sinus infection!
I actually got to meet imagistra (Hi Helen!) from the amuseaddicts group! She didn't take the class but she came to Salado from San Antonio to shop! That was fun to meet her. She came up to me and said "Are you Geeta?" Yeah.. Then she said "I'm an A Muse Addict". LOL. I thought well sure you are, this is an A Muse class, etc. Oh wait. You are AN A MUSE ADDICT!!! From our little group. Our little group has 377 members in the last 12 days! We're not so little anymore, I suppose.
I did some shopping this time while I was at Stamp Salado. I try really hard not to shop when I'm there. I just happened across this RETIRED A Muse stamp that I've been looking everywhere for the past 4 months. And here it was at the store I teach at. I literally screamed when I saw the stamp! OH YEAH!
I have two friends named Michelle... and both have been looking for something from this pile. So, Surprise Michelles... and then well, the "You Deserve Some Chocolate" and the "m" from the m&m's are just for me. Those are by Mark of DeadBeat Designs. I've eyed those for a while now.
Maybe I'll actually post some things that I've made lately. I do have a backlog of things to post!
AND SNEAK PEEKS start sometime soon.... I better get crackin'.
P.S. Did you know that there is STILL TIME to win PRIZES directly from A MUSE this week over on the amuseaddicts site? NEW PRODUCTS??? Hello?? What are you waiting for? Some of the challenges are just answering some questions....
Sunday, February 10, 2008
For a while now, I've been eying these heart tins at Michael's in the wedding section. I've watched them go on sale, thought about using a coupon on them, etc. for weeks now. I couldn't figure out what I wanted them for so I didn't get them.... until last week. As you may know, we don't give our kids refined sugar so I didn't want to get them to give candy in to my son's classmates. But I couldn't think of anything small enough to fit in there except nuts and that seems to be too dangerous to give out. Anyway, more about my son's valentines in another post. Finally, I just bought the tins for me. I decided I wanted them and I wanted to give them to my friends :)
So, I made 5 up quick today ... like 30 minutes ago and then I showered! Really fast project.
At Michael's, you get these tins in a package of 30 for regularly $19.99.
Slap some sticky strip on them, some ribbon, a little A Muse, the SU! Word Window Punch, Copic Lipstick Red, Spica Red Glitter, and a mini glue dot.... DONE!
I hope my carpoolers like 'em. And Sandy at Stamp Salado...she's the owner there ;).
Friday, February 8, 2008
This week's newsletter has the templates for creating some really FAST and cute boxes. And I had to try them out! I keep making them because they are so fast.
This was my first attempt. I have a scor-pal and literally took 5 minutes to make this box and put it together. The hardest part was getting that crinkly paper to stay in! LOL.
Images and cardstock by A Muse Accessories include Marvy Giga and Mega Scalloped Oval, Sakura Clear Glaze Pen, A Muse Ribbon, Copic Markers
Next up, I wanted to make a clear-ish box. So I took the template and made it 2 and 1/2 times. The top and bottom are the same as the previous box (i.e. followed the template). The 1/2 part is the acetate in the middle. I followed the box template for one direction and did not do any cutting.
Images and cardstock by A Muse, acetate from Office Depot
Accessories include Martha Steward Heart Punch, Marvy Super Jumbo Scalloped Circle, May Arts Ribbon, Colorbox Lipstick Red
So, the next box I had to make I had to use A Muse square notecards. So, I adapted Linda's original template for the 4-bar notecards to work on the square ones. We did this box at my Hugs and Kisses class at Stamp Salado a few weeks back. It's the same box, just different dimensions!
And finally, Rhonda has the coolest Step it UP! challenge over at our new website, www.amuseaddicts.com. The Step it Up! challenge is a bit more involved than any of our others and the time to do them is longer. Our first Step it up challenge is to make some 3x3 cards AND a alter a holder for them or make one, etc. Well, I NEED four teacher valentine's day gifts! And Michelle Clark (who is a kindergarten teacher) told me "Don't give a teacher candy for Valentine's Day!". You know, I've read that on Splitcoast, as well. I guess teachers must get LOTS of chocolate - WHY is that a bad thing? So, note cards it is! AND I get to do Rhonda's challenge! WOHOO!
Each box has 8 3x3 cards and envelopes in it. I needed to make 4...
I decided to do 8 different designs from get well, to friendship cards and even birthday cards.
This size is so convenient as a gift enclosure card!
Images and cardstock by A Muse
Accessories include Marvy punces, May Arts Ribbon, Copics, Brads, SU! ribbon
Do you see the brads? They are the ones that look like buttons. For the brown box, I didn't have brown buttons so I colored the white ones with my Burnt Umber Copic marker! Voila!
Hope you'll try out the new templates and maybe even play along on Rhonda's challenge!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Anyway, I have some updates for upcoming classes at MEMORY DEPOT here in Austin:
Feb 23 10am-12p Just for friends - Elzybells style - has 2 slots open
Feb 23 1pm-3pm Just for friends - Elzybells style (PLEASE NOTE new time ... not 4-6 anymore!) - has 6 slots open
March 22 10-12 Spring Bling - has 4 slots open (*fyi - this is the day before Easter) - this class features Spring cards (not Easter)
NOW... the Spring Bling class will not include Easter because it's too late! So, there is a new class scheduled (as of this morning!) on March 15th from 10-12pm, called Easter Eggstravaganza! This class will feature Easter cards.
Hope you can make it to one of these!
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
So, I may have told you this story a while back but it's worth repeating. Back in early August or maybe late July (after the A-Muse-A-Palooza contest and before I became an A Muse instructor in any case), I received an email from a lady in New Orleans. She was asking about stamp stores in the Austin area. She said she'd be coming through soon. So, we chatted. She mentioned that she went to THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS way back when and I told her that I went there too! Turns out we graduated the same year! Hook 'em Horns! Anyway, so she comes to Austin and goes to Archivers (she was going to that side of town anyway) and emails me when she gets home and tells me about her travels.
So, then I become an A Muse Instructor in August.
In September, she becomes the A Muse Guest Designer for the month!
We chat again sometime after that. Then I'm at Stamp Salado teaching and I get some Texas stamps for her (in particular the LONGHORN stamp!). Stamp Salado has a great selection of Deadbeat Designs and I'm very fortunate to have met the designer, Mark. He has great Texas stuff!
Fast forward to last Friday!!!
And I get this in the mail.... EVEN the FED EX Box has mardi gras all over it... (an overnighted Fed Ex box, I might add)....
So, who is this from, you ask? None other than the FAMOUS Lexi Daly. You may know of her from her awesome blog, Confetti, the one and the only very TALENTED indeed, Lexi Daly.
Lexi, my friend, you can't imagine how excited I was to see this. And it's YUMMY! Thanks so much!
Oh, by the way, package contents included: A King Cake (YUMMY!), lots of mardi gras beads, some that say "Muse Fever" on them (you'll have to ask Lexi about that ;)), a Mardi Gras cup, and the story of King Cakes. Oh, and a fabulous work of art by Lexi in Mardi Gras Colors, of course.
Monday, February 4, 2008
I apologize for not updating my blog. Did you miss me? I still have this idea that only 6 of my friends read this and 3 of them are my co-moderators on the Addicts website. So, I know they haven't missed me ;).
I have lots to post so I'll try to catch up here soon.
Thanks for visiting!