Monday, April 18, 2011

Winning Streak

I can't believe it.....I won another prize.  I feel so blessed. 

This last weekend was Impress Rubber Stamp's annual sale.  Everything was 20% off in the store.  Of course, I HAD to make a trip into the store!!!  LOL!!!  For every $25 you spent, you received a raffle ticket for a drawing that would be made this morning.  I received a phone call early afternoon letting me know that I was one of the winners!!  YAY!!!  This is what I won:

Thank you Impress for an awesome sale and an even more awesome prize!!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

What a fantastic prize and a pinwheel card

 I won!!!

Papercrafts Connection Blog gave away a fantastic prize and I was one of the lucky winners!!  The paper is so delicious and the magazine is filled with great ideas.  Thank you Papercrafts Magazine for such a wonderful made my day!  Here's a picture of the items I received:

This week, I only had time for one card.  I love pinwheels.  There's just something about them that reminds me of my childhood days in the summer.  I just can't get enough of the a|s cloud  and gingham paper. 

Until next week.....



Thursday, April 14, 2011

Win Free A Muse Studio stamps!!!!


Cath, our friendly neighborhood Trends Editor for Paper Crafts Magazine has given A Muse Studio the Moxie Fab "Stamp"of Approval

She has an AMAZING give-away of 5.....that's right


A Muse Studio stamp sets!!!!

Clever Girl

A Very Merry Unbirthday

Friends Fur-ever

Avian Notes

Foiled Again!

Head on over to Moxie Fab World and leave a comment for your chance to win!!!!  Contest ends midnight EDT on Sunday, April 17.

Best of luck to you!!! 

If you don't win and want to purchase these stamps or other a|s items, please visit my A Muse Studio Web Store:  HERE

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Easter Chick and Spring Butterflies

It's been another busy week and weekend.  I'm hoping that this week will be a little slower at work so that I can spend a bit more time on crafting.  We'll see how it goes.

Last weekend, I concentrated on bunnies.  This weekend, I wanted to focus on chicks, but only came up with one chick card. 

I love, love, love butterflies.  I colored the butterflies with copics and cut out the wings.  I stamped the butterflies again on the shell cardstock and adhered the colored wings.  I then used some glitter to give the wings a little sparkle.

Sorry to make this a short post.  I'm just too tired to think right now. 

Have a wonderful week!!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Portland CK Convention, Easter projects, and A|S Color Charts

I think I say this every week, but.....WOW, the weekend is going by F-A-S-T!!! 

My report from Portland CK Convention

On Friday, March 25th, I took a trip to Portland with my friend, Jennifer, to attend the CK Convention.  This is the first CK Convention of the year.  The year ends with a convention in Bellevue, WA (which is the one I attend each year, as it's just across the street from my work) in November.  Our other friend, Vicki, met as at the convention.

In all honesty, I had expected a lot more from this convention....being the first one of the year and having seen so many "new" products from companies online.  I was a bit disappointed that the vendor faire seemed to be quite slimmed down from years past.  I think part of the reason is the recession.  It is so sad to see so many wonderful companies going out of business and in the last 2 years, I've seen too many closures of LSS and online stores.  I hope the future brings new business (YAY!! for A|S) for us stamping addicts! LOL!!

It sure didn't stop me from buying stuff!!! BWAHAHAHAHA!!!  I found some fantastic deals on paper.  As my stamping friends know....I HOARD paper!!  I can't remember the name of the store, but how can I pass up on $3.00 paper packs of 25 sheets?  Yes, they were all the same design and released within the last year or two, but when you pay $1.00 - $2.00 per sheet at a LSS, $3.00 on a pack was just too good of a deal.  I bought 11 packs!!! LOL!!  Scrap-Mart always has something for me to buy and they didn't disappoint me this year....found some great Spellbinders that were on clearance.  I also bought a couple Sarah Kay stamps at another store.  And last but not least, there was the return of a vendor (who wasn't at the last Bellevue convention last year) where they sold fairly large sheets of bling for $1.  I think I bought 35 in various colors and designs.

I did take a peek at the CK Store (just outside of the vendor faire) and was pleasantly surprised to see new card kits.  I didn't buy any....I really hope they will have them when they come to Bellevue in November. 

On our drive home, we stopped at a stamp store that my friend, Joan, raves about.  It's called Cindy's Simple Stuff and is located in Centralia, WA.  We were about an hour away from the store driving from Portland and calculated that the store would be closing just as we would arrive to the store.  We actually called the store and asked the owner if she would be willing to stay a little late.  SHE DID!!!!  I was grateful that she did because I found some cute, cute stamps.  This was my first trip to the store, but would definitely go back if I'm in the area. 

Well, that's the end of my adventure to Portland.  Oh....forgot to mention that on the way there, we stopped by the Craft Warehouse just outside of Portland.  BAD idea....found way too many things to buy (and we hadn't even made it to the convention yet...LOL).

Easter Projects

With Easter just about 3 weeks away, I thought I would get a head start on some Easter goodies.  The theme I chose was PINK and BUNNIES:

This is something that I cased from A Muse's make and takes from the last 2 weeks.  I had some pieces for the basket leftover from last Saturday and decided to change it up a little bit.  The edges of the basket and the handle were punched using Martha Stewart's Lace Doily Border Punch. 

When I have time (which is a difficult thing for me to come by so far this year), I will bake some goodies for friends and family.  I thought a cute little gift tag would go well with the baked goodies.  I love the tiny pom poms for the tails.

And, finally....a card with a chocolate bunny.  The bunny on the front of the card was made using punches.  I found a tutorial on making this bunny a while ago and now, I can't seem to find the blog with the tutorial to give that person the credit for the design.  I have to say that punch art is one of my favorite techniques to use.  They are so much fun!!!....PLUS, I have almost 150 punches!!!

I think for next week's blog, the theme will be YELLOW/GREEN and check back to see what I come up with.

A|S Color Charts

I love to create charts.  I decided to send everyone who sign up directly through me to become an A Muse Studio consultant a welcome packet.  The packet included a hard copy of the A|S handbook, the color charts below and some fantastic goodies and tools.  If you decide to become an A|S consultant through me, you will receive the fabulous welcome packet as well.  So, please email me at if you would like to join our team.

Spring Solid Smooth Cardstock, Ink, and Markers

Summer Solid Smooth Cardstock, Ink, and Markers

Fall Solid Smooth Cardstock, Ink, and Markers

Winter Solid Smooth Cardstock, Ink, and Markers

I included a chart (swatch) with all of the paper available through A|S because I just didn't think the catalog did justice to the "lusciousness" of the paper, especially the shimmer.  You just can't get the same feel from a picture than you can from seeing the real thing.

Polka Dot and Vintage

Gingham and Other

Shimmer Solid

Shimmer Damask

Well, that's it for today.  I better get some house chores done so that next week isn't as stressful.  Make it a great one, everyone!