Monday, September 1, 2014

A Muse Studio 2014 Holiday Catalog

Seriously, where did the summer go???????

It's unbelievable that we're already seeing holiday themed products...everywhere!! 

No different's A Muse Studio's Holiday Hoopla!!

You can see the catalog HERE

All items are available to order NOW!!! YAY!!!  Please visit my webstore HERE

You ask....what's the hooplah?  Not only do you get to earn extra hostess rewards for hosting a workshop over $150, you can earn a FREE exclusive stamp set!!!!

Isn't the stamp set AWESOME???!?!?!?!!? 

Remember....if you want to place a workshop order, please order directly through me to get the hostess benefits.  

Contact me at bjlee717"at"comcast"dot"net if you have any questions or want to place an order.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

A couple more masculine cards - August a|s Consultant Challenge

Woohoo!  Got a couple more cards completed for the challenge.

 For my first card I cut 1 1/4 inch squares of Winter Sky and Sage cardstock and created the background on Onyx base.  I used the "Hello" sentiment from the Say it With Style stamp set and stamped it with Winter Sky, Sage and Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  You can't tell from the photo, but the sentiment panel is adhered with foam adhesive to give the card a little dimension.  Finished the card by adding some pearls.

For my second card, I used the Star Trio Die Set.

The stars were cut on French Roast, Sage and Vanilla cardstock.  I added some pearls and organdy ribbon.  The sentiment is from the Friends Fur-Ever stamp set which I cut using one of the dies from the Word Window Die Set.

Would love to make a few more cards to add to my masculine card stash....we'll see if I can find some free time tomorrow.

Bye for now.


I'm Back!!!.....I think.

I can't believe it's been this long since I posted anything to my blog.  I had hand surgery in July.  I spent most of June preparing for the surgery...meaning, getting the house ready as I knew I wouldn't have the use of my right hand for a while.  Now, with August at an end I am almost fully recovered.  I still have a hard time picking and lifting things up with my right hand.  But, the hand is doing much better.  I can't believe how frustrating this has don't realize just how much you use your right hand until you can't!!! LOL!!!

To celebrate the return to the land of crafting, I thought I would make a card for the A Muse Studio Consultant Challenge for the month of August.  The theme for this month's challenge is "Hey Mister".  For me, coming up with a masculine card is's so natural for me to create flowery or cutsie cards.  

Here's the card I made:

It's an elongated card (8" x 4").  All of the images are from the Sea Shell stamp set.

I created the background using the coral image in Fern.  Then, I used Memento Tuxedo to stamp the other images.  Using Square Nesties Dies, I cut the images and the French Roast layers. I used Tombow Markers (850 Shell, 942 Latte, 912 Nutmeg) to color the images.  After putting the layers together, I finished off the card by adding some French Roast Pearls.

That's it for now.  Maybe I'll find some time to make some more masculine cards this evening.  

Hope everyone is having a fun and safe Labor Day weekend....where did the summer go??????


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Reorganizing my die collection

I think I spend more time organizing my craft supplies than actually using them. LOL!!!

A couple years ago, I shared how I organized my dies (posted here) using binders and magnetic vent covers:

Well, I have come up with a different method for storing and organizing my die collection.  I'm still going to use the binder method for storing my Spellbinders dies.  I'm using the new storage method for various single, thin dies.

I started off by making my own plastic pockets.  I looked at buying the clear pockets, but 1) they didn't make them in the size I needed and 2) it got to be quite expensive for how many I needed.

How did I make my own clear pockets?   Answer....By using my Foodsaver and regular sized sheet protectors.  You can buy a box of 100 sheet protectors from Office Depot for less than $20.  I happened to buy mine at a garage sale for a couple bucks. ETA: I used the heavy weight sheet protectors.

 I started off by cutting off the hole punched edge.  I cut the sheet protectors to the size I wanted which gave me a set of 4 per sheet.  I used the Foodsaver to seal the edges.  They turned out like this:

I cut magnetic vent covers to fit into the pockets.  

I categorized the dies and placed them into a card rack.  I found this card rack at a local craft store's warehouse sale a couple weeks ago.  I thought it was a steal at $10.

What I like about this new storage system is that they are categorized by theme, the rack spins and I can just flip through them to find the die I need.  This is so much easier than going through binder after binder to find the right die.  Originally, I was storing them by company but it made more sense to store them by theme.  I printed labels with the names of the company and die and adhered them to the back of each set.

Many of you probably don't own a card rack or don't have the space for one.  Another option would be use plastic bins to store the die pockets:

Small plastic Bin                              Split Plastic Bin

Jennifer McGuire uses them for her die storage:

I'm off to finish reorganizing my dies.  It's amazing how many dies I have collected!!  Maybe with this new and improved storage system, I'll be inclined to use them. LOL!!

ETA: Here are the categories I used:
Winter (including Christmas)
Nature (clouds, rain, etc)
Elements (flourishes, doilies, shapes, etc)
Cover Up
Butterflies (I seem to love collecting butterfly dies that I have to have it as a category!! LOL)
Holidays (Vday, Easter, Halloween, etc)
Celebrations (Birthday, graduation, etc)
Sea (shells, waves, seaweed, etc)
Other (cars, handbags, fire hydrant, hot air balloon, cityscapes....basically anything that doesn't fit the above categories)

Hope this helps with getting your dies organized. :)