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.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Organizing Bling (gems, pearls, rhinestones)

I don't know how, but I've accumulated so much bling!  I love, love, love bling!! :)
They were overflowing the box I stored them in, so I decided to take some time to organize them.
I found a couple of these photo storage boxes at a garage sale about 3 years ago.  At $5 each, I couldn't pass on buying them...but, I never figured out what to use it for....until now! :)

 I used the pockets to organize them by color.

 I adhered a "sample" bling on the spine of the pocket so that I can easily see what is in each pocket.

Amazingly, I am actually using more bling now that they are organized and I can easily pick out a color/style.