Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sparkle & Shine Challenge ONE: Sponsored by Pretty Pink Posh

I'm here today with my first submission to a challenge that is not an A Muse Studio challenge.  What encouraged me to enter was the idea of using sequins.  I'm really loving using sequins on my pretty!!  Secondly, this is the very first challenge on the Sparkle & Shine Challenge Blog.  And finally, it's a challenge sponsored by Pretty Pink Posh.  The winner wins a $25 gift certificate to use at the PPP Store.
The inspiration for this challenge is in the following S&S Challenge Badge:
Here's my submission:
Not only is this my first non-a|s challenge submission and the first S&S challenge....but, it's also my first shaker card.
The stamps I used are Denami Froggy, a|s Essential Sentiments and a|s Calendar Fun.
I used a|s Papaya ink on the sentiment and a|s Grass for the clovers and Froggy.  I colored Froggy with Copic G20 Wax White.
The base of the card is a|s Papaya cardstock.

I used one of the Spellbinders Circle Nesties to cut out the circle for the shaker.

I wish I had some Pretty Pink Posh sequins to use, but the only sequins I have on hand is from A Muse Studio - lime sequins for this challenge.  Hopefully (crossing my fingers), I can win some PPP sequins with this challenge. :)
Hope you'll celebrate and join in on the fun at the Sparkle & Shine Challenge Blog.  The details of the challenge can be found HERE.

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Muse Studio February Consultant Challenge - Shine Bright

This month's challenge is called "Shine Bright".  We were challenged to create something using product that make it shine....Glitter, Crystal Clear Glaze, Twinkles & Pearls, clear cardstock, heat embossing, etc.  I chose to use sequins.
I did a single die cut of the largest star in the Star Trio die set.  I used the negative piece to create the top layer of the card.  Then, I cut a piece of cardstock just a bit larger than the star die cut.  I layered it with Bermuda Sequins.  Then, it was just a matter of putting it all together using foam tape on the top layer.  That's it....very simple. 
I really like the CAS (clean and simple) style of this card.  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine Treat and Organizing Embellishments

Happy Friday the 13th!!! :)
For Valentine's Day treats, I made these adorable mice treat toppers. 
I used a couple hearts from the Spellbinders Classic Heart Nestabilities to make the body and ears.  The cardstock is A Muse Studio Blush and Stampin' Up Real Red.  I just folded the large heart in half to make the body.
Nestabilities Die Set - Classic Heart

The eyes and nose are from just a regular hole punch.  I colored the eyes with a Copic marker.  The whiskers were made using the handle part of a Memory Box bucket die.  And the face (where the whiskers would come out of) was stamped using A Muse Artstamps Heart Trio and Cherry Ink.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up Teeny Tiny Wishes.

I slipped in the top part of the packaging of the Gilliam Candy Stick into the body and adhered it with glue dots.  You could use Dum Dum lollipops as treats, too.
I wanted to share how some of my embellishments are stored.  I bought this storage carousel at a garage sale a couple years ago.  It came with all of the containers.  They are exactly the same size as Stampin' Up embellishment containers.  The unit sits on a base that allows it to spin.
Unfortunately, when I bought the carousel it didn't come in the original box so I don't know who the maker is and if it's even available for purchase.  I would love to find another one for all of the embellishments that I'm hoarding....LOL!!!  I also have a couple of the Stampin' Up Stack & Store Caddy for my SU brads and buttons.
Available HERE
Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine's Day!!

Friday, January 30, 2015

January Consultant Challenge: KISS (Keep It Simple Stamping)

This is a last minute submission to this month's A Muse Studio Consultant Challenge.  I don't know where the month went!!!! 
I had a great time with this challenge.  It was a way to show off the great colors A Muse Studio carries.  I'm partial to the soft colors.  :)
I made a set of birthday cards using Blush, Sage, Sky and Papaya cardstock and ink.
Here are close up pictures of the cards.


The stamp sets I used were Floral Duet and Contemporary Greetings.
I also made this colorful thank you note.
The base is Ocean cardstock.  I stamped the hearts using Bubblegum, Grass and Ocean ink.  The heart is from the Calendar Fun set and the sentiment is from Contemporary Greetings set.
 That's it for now.  Hope you have a terrific Superbowl weekend!!!  GO SEAHAWKS!!!! 


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Absolutely in love with MISTI!!!!!

I don't know how many times I have bought a tool and then it ends up in the tool graveyard....waste of time and money!!!! 
Well, I want to tell you about THE BEST tool I purchased.  It's called the MISTI (Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented).  Truly, it lives up to its name.
I can't tell you how much time and supplies this little tool has saved me.  My sister recruited me to make her Christmas cards.  I had to make over 100 cards in less than a week!!!!  Yep, she waited until the very last minute. LOL!!!

 What I love about the MISTI:
  • You can use both cling mount stamps and clear stamps (does not work with wood mounted stamps)
  • If you didn't stamp the image evenly, all you have to do is reink and stamp over the image again - the stamp hits the paper in the exact spot it did the first time (saves SO much cardstock and time!!!!)
  • You can use it to line up die cuts and stamps (again, saves SO much cardstock and time!!!!)
  • It's flat and doesn't take up a lot of space
  • It's portable (almost the size of a tablet)
  • You can reorder the grid paper pad or you can download the free template and print them yourself
  • The grid on the lid is perfect for cardmakers
I'm sure I'll come up with more reasons why I love the MISTI as I use it more.
Here's how I used the MISTI.
I wanted to use My Favorite Things Die-namics Horizontal Stitched Strips for my sentiment layer.  I die cut a strip on just a piece of scrap cardstock

I lined up the sentiment to center perfectly on the die cut piece and then shut the lid.  The stamp clings to the lid, just where you placed the stamp (as shown below). 

I stamped the sentiment on the die cut (white cardstock)...because I have the template (red cardstock), it was super fast to just lay the next die cut in place and stamp the sentiment.  

Here's a video from Iliana (owner) introducing the MISTI:
You can see more videos on My Sweet Petunia's YouTube Channel.

You can read more about what people are saying about the MISTI on Splitcoaststamper's Forum

Here's the link to My Sweet Petunia.

You can order the MISTI on My Sweet Petunia's webstore.  Be sure to order the recommended cleaner and the strong magnet.

I am not affiliated to My Sweet Petunia.  I just love this product so much that I wanted to share it with you all.