Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Just a little something ...

Oh how I love Makenna and the pink kitchen note cards and that fancy Martha Stewart punch!! 'Nuff said!

BTW - have you seen the new and improved A Muse News blog?? Go check it out, and be sure that you register for the newsletter - it's going to be new and improved, too!! Ch-ch-ch-changes!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Crazy Kiddos!

Or - "It's all fun and games until ..."

Last week we got a box of goodies from a friend - think Carnival prizes - and before she gave it to me she asked if my kids were allowed to have those sticky wall walker things. Sure, why not, I said! The kids had a blast digging into the box ($2 worth of c-rap provided us with at least an hour worth of fun!)!

First Parker (3) & Lily (1 1/2) tried on all the jewelry.

Is he cool or what??
Then Henry (11) started playing with the wall walker thing. Threw it on the wall, on the fridge, on the table. I had a small freak out when it hit my new stainless steel stove, but no biggie. Then this happened:

It's all fun and games until you get your wall walker thing stuck in your sister's hair!

More Christmas in July

Just playing with the new A Muse Peace and Cheer Clear stamp set and kit! Have you gotten yours? Are you playing along in the free My Creative Classroom class with the amazing Julie Ebersole?? No - well, what the heck are you waiting for??

Details: All stamps, note cards, ribbons contained in the Peace and Cheer Clear Kit.

A Muse Addicts Stamps of the Week!

The amazing A Muse Addicts site turns ONE! this week!! I can't believe that it has been a year! If you aren't a member - check it out here! Every week, they pick a "stamp of the week" - this week, they picked 4!!

* Rock Star
* Vespa girl
* Elyse
* Coffee Break

Apparently, I got confused ... and made this, thinking to myself the whole time - "look at me, participating in a challenge, making a card on time!"

Except I used the wrong stamp!!

Oh well - I'll try again!

Details: Stamps, note card, paper, ribbon, twinkles by A Muse, black CS from my stash, colored with Copics.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Gettin' Dave Ramseyfied!

My husband and I have been taking a class for the last few weeks - Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey. Mr. Ramsey has lots of great ideas, and we are doing really well with our Baby Steps! I have been really amazed how many people are out there blogging about Dave Ramsey, living frugally, etc! It's been great! Here are a few of my favorites:

Simple Mom
Frugal Dad
Small Notebook

One of the parts of the budgeting plan is to use an "Envelope System" - basically, you put cash into envelopes at the beginning of the month to spend on certain things. The thinking is that this keeps you on budget - if the cash isn't there, you can't spend it - and keeps you from reaching for a credit card (which Dave Ramsey never uses - ever, ever, ever!!)! For us, we are using the envelopes for Food, Household needs (Target runs!), Entertainment and Blow Money (I haven't had a Starbucks in a couple of weeks now because I don't want to get into my blow money!)

I know, this is a crafy blog - what's all this financial nonsense?? Well, I just COULD NOT put my money in plain white, boring envelopes! I couldn't do it!! So I made this:
I came up with a kind of "wallet" template, and used this pretty SEI double sided paper to make it! My measurements were based on the SU open ended envelopes that I put on the inside. The whole thing closed with ribbon and 3 velcro closures. Don't you think the the A Muse Shopping Gal is appropriate?

There are 4 tabs across the top, made with the SU tab punch. So, the envelopes are made, now I just have to work on staying on the budget!

Sharing my Holiday Spark

It's Friday - must be time to catch up on Heather's Share Your Spark from last week!! She challenged us to make something for the Holidays now! Easy, smeezy with all the amazing new stamps from A Muse!!

Cute new Cindy Lou, sentiment from the new clear Sentiment set, and the new Swiss Red Vintage Paper (love it!!)!!
Do you see those pretty snowflakes in the background? Those are in the awesome Peace and Cheer Kit available here! I'm planning all kinds of things with those!

Details: Stamps, papers, ribbon, twinkles by A Muse, colored with Copics.

Friday, July 11, 2008

A Butterfly Gift

My beautiful goddaughter,
Miss Mira,
turned 3 years old a couple of weeks ago.
We celebrated last week (a bit delayed because Mom and Dad were getting used to life with this one added into the mix!)
(Mr. Jonah Frederick Bertolino)
and had a great party with cupcakes and fun at the park!
I made her gift after being inspired by Ali Edwards here and Michelle Clark here!

I think the hardest part of this project was covering the mat with the paper. I used some of the pink Prism sparkly cardstock. The mat was longer than 12 inches, so I had to get creative. It worked pretty well to just miter the corners (lay both square pieces over each other, then use an exacto knife and a straight edge to cut through both at an angle). The butterflies are punched out of the tag pieces in the Basic Grey Oh Baby Girl! 12x12 paper pack! The scale on the tags was better suited to the punch than the bigger paper. And I had enough left over to make a card, too!!
This card makes me super happy!! The Gerber Daisy is stamped with the glue pad, and then covered with pink ultrafine glitter. **Tip: I think I have finally mastered the glue pad: Really soak 1/2 of your pad with glue, stamp into that, then blot the glue on the other half of the pad! Works great! **

Details: Stamps (Gerber Daisy & Happy Birthday Little Lady) by A Muse, ribbon, twinkle stickers by A Muse, punch by Martha Stewart, patterned paper by Basic Grey.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

A "Clear" Challenge

Another challenge has been posted on the A*Muse*A*Palooza blog - this one is hosted by the amazing Jennie Moczan - many of you know her as the challenge queen on the A Muse Addicts site!! Here are the details:

This is a Creative Candy Clear Sticker challenge, and here's how you can enter to play:

  • Create a card using the at least one of A Muse's fun Creative Candy Clear stickers (you can use any shape!)
  • The card must feature at least one (1) A Muse stamp image
  • Upload your card to the A Muse-a-Palooza 08 Gallery on Splitcoaststampers.com, taking care to include the keyword AP08CLEAR in the photo description or keyword box.
  • Post a comment on the original post on the AMAP blog with a link to your card and you could win an amazing prize!!

Here's my card:
I'm not 100% in love with this one ... I was going for something "different" with the scallop oval clear creative candy, so I thought they kind of looked like lanterns (??? maybe, just a little bit??) I think it works, but it just seems a bit "flat" or something! I probably should have drawn in the top of the lantern to give it a bit of dimension! Oh well - it is what it is!!

FYI - punching your creative candy with a hand held punch is kind of a bad idea - punch paper, not big pieces of plastic!!

Details: A Muse stamps, papers, creative candy clear stickers and twinks!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Helle's Challenge

Helle ( the big winner from last year's A*Muse*A*Palooza and now the co-owner of Paper Tales in San Diego - I know, I'm trying to keep my jealousy to a minimum!), had this awesome color challenge for A*Muse*A*Palooza last week! Black, white, a little pink and some bling! Love it! This came together super quick - I paper pieced the hat and boots, then smacked myself in the face 'cause I had spent so much time cutting out a SOLID color! Oh well, it gave little Miss Seattle Girl a bit of dimension!

Details: Stamps, paper, ribbon, twinks by A Muse.

Friday, July 4, 2008

How well did you know me??

Last week on the A*Muse*A*Palooza blog, you were asked to match the designers to their cards - how did you do?? Did you guess that this was my card. Don't feel bad ... I'm not sure I could have guessed that this was my card!!

How about that AWESOME magic keyword game?? I have just been amazed at the cleverness and the amazing quality of the pictures that Heather has found! It's been so much fun to play along!!

A*Muse*A*Palooza is so close ... I can hardly wait!!


Did you see this post about the A*Muse*A*Palooza kit, just for us poor souls that don't have a store close by! So exciting!

Details: Note card, paper, ribbon, stamps by A Muse, colored with Copics and Spicas.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Polka Dots!

First of all - I just have to say a BIG THANKS to everyone who played along with my Sketch Challenge on the A*Muse*A*Palooza blog! I was absolutely amazed by what everyone created! So thank you, thank you, thank you! And congrats to Tracy Clemente and EMNKKSMOMMY - the lucky winners of a pack of blue Maderia Note cards and one of my favorite stamps - "A true friend is the greatest of all blessings"! There are still a few challenges and games left - so remember - you can't win if you don't play - and you can't win if you aren't registered! Go HERE to register!


On to the challenge of the moment!! Michelle Clark is hostessing an awesome challenge involving polka dots! How could you go wrong? You can read all the details HERE!! This is such a fun challenge -I'm sure there will be lots of awesome cards to check out in the SCS gallery HERE!
My card is the ultimate in simplicity - and probably not the most original thought in the world, but it works and I like it!! I just went looking for the inspiration, and I think it must have come from the second card in this post by guest designer Dawn McVey, among others! Thanks Dawn!

Details: Stamp, papers by A Muse, punches by EK Success, Marvy.